A MAN who tried to get young girls to perform sexual acts for him on Skype has been given a 36-month community order.
Russell Bremner was sentenced at Winchester Crown Court after pleading guilty to three counts of attempting to incite girls under 13 to engage in sexual activity, and one count of making an indecent photo of a child.
The interaction began with: “Hello, I like young girls”Tim Probert-Wood
The court heard that he was caught by a Dutch charity in a sting operation in which a man was posing as a girl from the Philippines.
Principal crown advocate Tim Probert-Wood told the court Bremner had been using the name Russ228 on a chatroom website zozo-chat.com to contact young girls.
Mr Probert-Wood said Bremner was identified as a suspect by an adult researcher from the charity who was using the name F10Manila, and claiming to be a 10-year-old girl from the Philippines.
Mr Probert-Wood told the court: ‘Those conversations took place in an area of the chatroom known as Kid Chat for people 15 and under.
‘The interaction began with: “Hello, I like young girls”.
‘During the course of the conversation between him and F10Manila she said: “I do sexy webcam with my sister. She is seven. You want now?”
‘The reply was “Yes please”.’
Mr Probert-Wood said the evidence was passed to the police who searched his home and computer files.
They found other records of Skype conversations in which Bremner had attempted to incite girls aged under 13 to sexual activity, and also found two images of under-aged girls in ‘sexualised’ poses.
The court heard Bremner had no prior convictions.
In giving his sentence Judge Keith Cutler said Bremner had shown remorse and said he did not want to send him to prison.
Judge Cutler said: ‘I am encouraged to read the pre-sentence report and to see that you now stand here in front of me with great a sense of shame and embarrassment.
‘I hope you realise now that all those people you try to contact on the internet are undercover policemen or researchers.’
Bremner, of Elmore Road, Lee-on-the-Solent, was also placed under a sexual harm prevention order and he has been placed on a sex offenders’ register for at least five years.