Pervert jailed for internet sex offences

Published April 12, 2012 by JS2

A PERVERT who asked women in the Philippines to expose their daughters to him over the internet has been jailed for nine years by a judge in Cardiff.

John Crotty took advantage of poor families in the Far East while living in sheltered accommodation in the Rhymney Valley.

The 54-year-old promised presents or money to the mums to film their daughters in the shower or sleeping naked in their beds while asking to see their young bodies exposed.

In one recorded computer chat he had with a mother, he asked her child’s age and on being told the little girl was just five asked to see her body.

That mother ended their contact telling him he was abnormal and a maniac, but Judge David Wynn Morgan said some were so desperate they were prepared to satisfy his sexual interests online.

He told Crotty: “This took sophisticated planning and careful grooming of the mothers and was carried out with persistence and manipulation.

“You have a perverted interest in pre-pubescent girls, have shown no insight into your offending and have wickedly sought to blame others.”

During his trial at Cardiff Crown Court, Crotty claimed friends must have been in his warden-controlled flat at Ysgwydd Gwyn, Jenkins Row, Deri, and used his computer while he was asleep.

But the jury was told he didn’t get up until lunchtime because he was awake, at his computer, through the night.

In a case believed to be one of the first of its kind in Wales, he had denied charges of arranging child prostitution or pornography 7,000 miles from home, attempting to arrange the commission of child sex offences and possessing indecent images of children.

A jury unanimously found him guilty.

The court heart Crotty met the women either in computer chat rooms or on visits to the Philippines.

He was told five years of his sentence would be custodial, and he will remain on licence and subject to recall to prison until 2021.

His name will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and he is banned from ever working with children.

A Sexual Offences Prevention Order was also imposed to prevent him ever living in the same house as a child under 16 or having unsupervised contact with a child.

He is also banned from using any internet device which does not store a history of its use, and will have to make it available to the police for inspection if a request is made.

Wales online

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