PERVERT Antonio Salamino is behind bars after he tried to incite a ’12-year-old girl’ to have sex with him.
The 36-year-old used the profile Tom Yard on an internet chatroom and began communicating with schoolgirl ‘Juicy Lucy’, who was in fact an undercover police officer with the Metropolitan Police.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard Salamino was made aware the girl he was communicating with was aged 12 but still referred to matters of a sexual nature. And he went on to incite her to perform a sex act on herself.
Prosecutor Fiona Cortese said: “He would often ask her to meet up for the purpose of having sex.”
He was arrested and made full and frank admissions.
Salamino accepted he was responsible for all the images found on his computer. He said he was ashamed and added he did have a sexual interest in children but had not sexually abused a child and would never do so.
Salamino, of Albermarle Road, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to three charges of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity; three charges of attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act; 10 charges of making indecent photographs of a child between June 2008 and June 2012; and possessing 11 extreme pornographic images.
Robert Smith, mitigating, said: “His curiosity began about four years ago when he began to search for indecent images of children. Matters escalated from there.”
Judge Paul Glenn said the offending was so serious only immediate custody could be considered and jailed Salamino for two years.
He was also made the subject of an indefinite sexual offences prevention order and he will be on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.
Judge Glenn said: “I have read your chat logs. The tenor leaves me in no doubt you wanted to put what you said into effect.
“Police found a large number of indecent images. Many involved children under 13 – real children being abused for the entertainment of people such as you.”