North-East paedophile forced children around world to make sex films

Published August 3, 2013 by JS2

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A PERVERT’S sickening collection of home-made sex films involving children was found after one of his victims alerted police thousands of miles away from his home.

Officers in Tasmania were able to trace paedophile Robert Hunter through his sleazy computer use, and tipped off colleagues in the UK who raided his home in Middlesbrough.

The extent and depravity of his online activities is said to have shocked the most experienced detectives and could result in an extended prison sentence for public protection.

Hunter, 35, will be sentenced when he appears at TeessideCrown Court next month. He was remanded in custody yesterday (Friday, August 2) after admitting a string of serious charges.

It emerged during the hearing that Hunter contacted girls as young as 11 all over the world and encouraged them to film themselves in sexual acts so he could watch on a webcam.

He used a video he obtained of a naked teenage boy – claiming it was him – to persuade the youngsters.

Although ten girls appear on the charges he has admitted, Hunter had made online contact with hundreds of others in the Far East, Europe, Australia and in this country.

When his victims had second thoughts about doing what he instructed, he threatened to tell their relatives what they had been up to, prosecutor Richard Bennett said.

After police raided his home in December 2011, they found a folder on his computer called “me” where he had created false identities such as Josh, Joshua and Justin.

More than 800 films and stills taken from them were discovered on the machine, said Mr Bennett. None of the images he had amassed had been downloaded from the internet.

“It has been a fairly involved case and there are a number of disturbing aspects above and beyond the number of complainants,” the prosecutor told Judge Howard Crowson.

Mr Bennett said he will be seeking a sentencing under ‘dangerousness’ provisions, and Judge Crowson said: “There is no doubt where Mr Hunter is going to be spending his time.”

The judge described Hunter’s crimes, which were carried out between 2009 and 2011, as “persistent” and told him: “Obviously, you should expect a long prison sentence.”

Hunter, of Brough Court, Middlesbrough, pleaded guilty to 15 charges of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and 14 of making indecent photos of children.

 

The Northern Echo

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