Serving Metropolitan Police PC charged with multiple sexual offences

A serving MPS police constable has been charged with a number of sexual offences.

PC Daniel Cooper, 31, from Specialist Crime and Operations was charged by officers from the Met’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command on Thursday, 21 September.

The officer has been bailed to appear at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 19 October

The Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed.

PC Cooper was charged with 16 offences namely: four offences of gross indecency, four offences of indecent assault, two offences of sexual touching of a child, five offences of possession of indecent images and one offence of sexual activity in front of a child.

He was arrested in May 2016.

PC Cooper was not on duty at the time of the alleged offences.

PC Cooper is suspended from duty.

Police investigating sexual assault on child in Eastbourne

Police are appealing for information following a report of a sexual assault on a child in Eastbourne.

At about 4pm on Tuesday (19 September), three girls were walking together in Northiam Road. The 11-year-old victim stopped to tie her shoelace close to the junction with Longland Road, when a man is reported to have come from behind and touched her inappropriately.

The girl screamed and the suspect ran from the scene along Longland Road.

He is described as white, about 5’10” and of skinny build. He had dark brown shoulder-length greasy hair and stubble, and was wearing a grey hoody, blue jeans, and black and white trainers.

Detective Constable Dan Thomson said:

“The three girls – the victim in particular – were left understandably distressed following this incident.

“It happened in broad daylight in a built up area of town, and it is likely there will have been lots of people in the area at the time. We’re appealing for anyone who saw what happened, or who recognises the description of the suspect, or who has CCTV in the area, to contact us.

“We will be carrying out increased patrols in the area as enquiries continue.”

Anyone with any information is asked to report it online or call 101 quoting Operation Enford.

Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Online sex predator posed as Bieber look-a-like

A 30-year-old man posed as a young Justin Bieber look-a-like online to lure schoolgirls from across the UK into sending him indecent webcam images.

Yohann Ramchelawon hid his true identity behind a photo of a teenage boy he grabbed from the internet and used his bogus social media profiles to groom youngsters.

He used Instagram, WhatsApp, Skype and Facebook to spark conversations with girls aged between 12 and 17 but quickly steered the chats towards intimate subjects and requests for naked images.

 

Some of his victims were also coerced into performing sex acts in front of webcams after Mauritius-born Ramchelawon threatened to share the images they’d provided with friends and family.

West Midlands Police picked up the enquiry after an IP address used to message a 12-year-old Manchester girl was traced to a house in Walsall.

Detectives eventually traced him to an address in Victoria Lane, Huddersfield, where he was arrested on 6 March.

Hundreds of indecent images were found on his digital devices as officers uncovered victims from Coventry and Walsall in the West Midlands, plus Lanark in Scotland, Liverpool, St Ives, Shoreham-by-sea and East Ham.

But examination of his computer and phone revealed he’d contacted girls living in New Zealand, Brazil, UAE and Russia.

Ramchelawon − who gave his home address as Walls Street, Halifax, when arrested − was convicted of two counts of inciting a 12-year-old girl to engage in sex acts online, eight charges of possessing indecent images of children, and two of distributing the images.

He was also convicted of penetration and sexual assault against a six-year-old Coventry girl in October last year. Today (Monday 18 September) at Stafford Crown Court he was jailed for 15 years.

Listen to the traumatic impact on a victim and her family: https://soundcloud.com/westmidlandspolice/girl-audio

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Kerry Haywood from West Midlands Police’s Public Protection Unit, said:

“He used various aliases including Ryan Smith and ‘Santiago’ and claimed to be a teenager who was sending messages during school or college lessons.

“He sent poems, would call them ‘baby’ and tell them he loved them after chatting online for little more than a day.

“However, he quickly steered the chats to intimate subjects and persuaded them to take their clothes off − and he then used these naked images to blackmail them into sending more explicit pictures and videos.

“The enquiry started when a girl from Manchester reported to police that a boy named Ryan was asking for intimate images. The investigation soon snowballed and we identified many more victims and online conversations with girls in different countries.

“I’d like to thank that 12-year-old girl for breaking her silence and putting her faith in the police. It’s helped us put a calculating sex predator behind bars and undoubtedly protected other girls for falling into his trap.”

And DC Haywood urged parents to play an intrusive role in their children’s online activity to make sure they don’t come to any harm whilst surfing the net.

She added: “You need to be absolutely certain who you’re talking to online − your son or daughter may believe they’re chatting with another teenager but, in reality, it could be someone much older with sinister intentions.

“Parents shouldn’t feel awkward asking their children what they’re up to online and who they’re conversing with on social media. Perhaps have an agreement that they only use the internet in an overt manner, in the living room, rather than squirreled away in their bedrooms.

“And ask whether your child really needs a webcam in their bedroom? If a child is persuaded to expose themselves in front of a camera then they’ve lost control of that image or video and it could be floating around online forever.”

The national Child Exploitation & Online Protection (CEOP) team has developed a website − Think You Know − which provides useful web safety advice and a guide on how to report worries or concerns about people you’re chatting to online.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Former East Sussex priest sentenced to 12 years for child sex and cruelty offences

An Eastbourne man has been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for a series of sex and cruelty offences against two boys in East Sussex while he was an Anglican priest.

Jonathan Graves, 60, of Jervis Avenue, Eastbourne, who was a Church of England priest at the time of the offences, was sentenced at Brighton Crown Court on Monday (18 September), having been convicted the previous Thursday at Hove Crown Court after a nine-day trial.

Graves was convicted of 12 sexual offences, against two boys known to him, whilst he was priest at St Lukes Church at Stonecross near Eastbourne, in the Diocese of Chichester.

He was sentenced to eight years for two offences of indecent assault on a boy aged 11 to 13 between 1987 and 1990: two offences of indecency with that boy during the same period: and two offences of cruelty against that boy over the same period.

Graves also was also sentenced to four years three offences of indecent assault, and three of cruelty against another boy then aged between 12 and 15 between 1988 and 1992.

He was also be a registered sex offender for life and was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) to last until further court notice, severely restricting his access to young children

He was found not guilty of three offences on the first boy; of one offence against the second boy; and of an offence of indecent assault on a 50-year-old woman in 2002.

The prosecution, authorised by the CPS, followed an investigation by Sussex Police detectives.

Detective Inspector Jon Gross of the Sussex Police Public Protection Command said: 

“The past has caught up with Jonathan Graves. The evidence in this case has revealed how he used his position as a Reverend to select his victims and befriend them before callously abusing them for his own sexual gratification. His crimes have had a lasting impact upon those he abused. The hurt caused by the sexual abuse itself has undoubtedly been compounded by the psychological scars of the abuser being a trusted, and influential figure in each of the victims’ lives.

“I have enormous admiration for the courage the victims have shown in coming forward to the police, and for remaining steadfast in seeing this matter through to conclusion.  I hope these verdicts bring some form of closure to them.

“I am also grateful to all those who have supported the police investigation and whose testimony contributed to a successful prosecution of these despicable offences.”

Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss looked into the case of Jonathan Graves in 2010 as part of a review for the Diocese of Chichester looking at previous concerns about several priests.  The report was sent to Sussex Police in  2011. Following a review of all information held by the Diocese on the cases covered, the force began an investigation, Operation Perry, and Graves is the third and last of the priests to be convicted.

The two other clergy, Robert Coles and Gordon Rideout, have already been convicted in separate trials and sentenced to terms of imprisonment.

The Diocese of Chichester co-operated fully with the police throughout Operation Perry, and the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser was a member of the Operation Perry Investigative Management Group.

Man jailed for six years for grooming 9-year-old and sexually abusing her

A man has been jailed for six years after grooming a nine-year-old girl and sexually abusing her.

Graham Shelbourne, 52, of Newbery Close, Edwinstowe, befriended the girl and bought her gifts before sexually assaulting her, the court heard.

He was arrested on 30 April and charged with sexually assaulting a girl under 13 by touching, attempting to sexually assault a girl under 13 by touching and inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

He denied the offences when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court but was today (Thursday 14 September) found guilty following a four-day trial.

DC Kerry Peace, of Nottinghamshire Police’s Child Abuse Investigation Unit, said: “Nothing will ever make up for the abuse that Shelbourne’s victim suffered but hopefully she can take some comfort knowing that he has now been put behind bars.”

Ex-school governor and church warden jailed after losing landmark child sex doll ruling

An ex-primary school governor and church warden who admitted importing a child sex doll but sought a court ruling on whether it was obscene, has been jailed.

David Turner, 72, was sentenced today to 16 months by judge Simon James at Canterbury Crown Court.

He admitted importing the child sex doll and possessing more than 34,000 images of child sex abuse.

National Crime Agency officers arrested Turner in November last year after Border Force officers intercepted a 3ft doll which he was attempting to import from China.

The Border Force led Fast Parcel Joint Border Intelligence Unit (JBIU) at Stansted Airport seized the parcel which was labelled as a mannequin. It came with a fishnet body-stocking.

When NCA officers searched Turner’s home in December they discovered two more child sex dolls which he kept in his study and seized a computer, tablets, external hard drives and pen drives.

The charge relates to a 3ft 10in doll that was already in his possession, and which he had bought clothes for.

In June he admitted possessing indecent images of children but declined to plead over the doll in the hope a judge would rule it was not indecent or obscene.

Analysis of Turner’s computers showed he viewed websites selling items advertised as “flat chest love doll” and “mini silicone sex doll 65cms little breasts”.

He was in possession of 138 Category A images of child abuse (the most serious), 299 Category B images and 33,619 Category C images.

Children in the images were aged from approximately three to 16.

Men in previous prosecutions for importing the dolls have all pleaded guilty.

But in July, Turner asked judge James to decide if the doll was indecent or obscene as set out in law.

Judge James, in the first ruling of its kind, decided it was.

In interview, Turner said his preference was to view indecent images of children aged four to 10 and he admittedly “secretly” taking photographs of girls aged six to 11 in public places.

Officers also found 29 fictional stories – which described sexual abuse of children but fell outside the Obscene Publications Act – when they searched his home in Ramsgate, Kent.

After being arrested Turner resigned as a governor of St Ethelbert’s Church Primary School in Ramsgate and from St Ethelbert’s and Gertrude Church where he was a warden.

Turner was placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years and given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order which sets conditions for him post-release.

Hazel Stewart, from the NCA CEOP Specialist Operation Team, said:

“Importing child dolls to have sex with – as David Turner did – is a crucial flag to potential offending against children.

“In this case it enabled us to uncover Turner’s long-standing sexual interest in children.

“He should not be near them and I am delighted that our investigation has seen him convicted and jailed.

“Border Force does great work in stopping these dolls coming in and their vigilance enables us to start investigations which can protect children from harm.”

Border Force’s Dan Scully, Deputy Director, Intelligence Operations said: “Turner presented a respectable face to the community, but the long list of criminal offences uncovered by the NCA’s investigation shows just how vital Border Force’s initial intervention in seizing the obscene doll was.

“Border Force intelligence officers will continue to work with the NCA and other law enforcement agencies both in the UK and overseas to ensure that those committing this kind offending are brought to justice.”

Child protection charity The Lucy Faithfull Foundation runs the Stop It Now! helpline which offers confidential advice to anyone concerned about their own or someone else’s behaviour towards children.

Justice: Over 180 years for 17 offenders convicted as part of Operation Shelter

This week saw the sentencing of 18 people convicted for a string of offences connected with Operation Shelter.  Two men were also sentenced under Operation Emerald, an additional proactive investigation led by the force’s Priority and Organised Crime Team drug offences.

Mohammed Azram, 35, convicted of conspiracy to incite prostitution, sexual assault, supplying drugs to a victim has been sentenced to 12 1/2 years.

Mohammed Azram

Nashir Uddin, 35, convicted of conspiracy to incite prostitution, supplying drugs to a victim has been sentenced to 11 1/2 years.

Nashir Uddin

Saiful Islam, 34, convicted of rape has been sentenced to 10 years.

Saiful Islam

Mohammed Hassan Ali, 33, convicted of sexual activity with a child, supplying drugs to a victim has been sentenced to 7 years.

Mohammed Hassan Ali

Yasser Hussain, 27, convicted of beating, possession of drugs has been jailed for two years. He was subsequently as part  of Operation Themis, where he was sentenced to 10 years for possession of a firearm and drug offences.

Yasser Hussain

Abdul Sabe, 40, convicted of conspiracy to incite prostitution, trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation, drugs offences has been sentenced to 12 years.

Abdul Sabe

Habibur Rahim, 34 convicted of causing or inciting prostitution, drugs, sexual assault, trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation has been sentenced to 29 years.

Habibur Rahim

Badrul Hussain, 37, convicted for drug offences has been sentenced to 4 years.

Badrul Hussain

Mohibur Rahman, 44, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to incite prostitution, supplying drugs to a victim has been sentenced to 4 1/2 years.

Mohibur Rahman

Abdulhamid Minoyee, 33, convicted of rape, sexual assault, supply of drugs has been sentenced to 15 years.

Abdulhamid Minoyee

Carolann Gallon, 22, pleaded guilty to three counts of trafficking has been sentenced to 6 years,

Carolann Gallon

Monjour Choudhury, 33, convicted of conspiracy to incite prostitution, supplying drugs to a victim has been sentenced to 5 years.

Monjur Choudhury

Prabhat Nelli, 33, convicted of conspiracy to incite prostitution, supplying drugs to a victim has been sentenced to 4 years.

Prabhat Nelli

Eisa Mousavi, 41, convicted of conspiracy to incite prostitution, rape, supplying drugs to a victim has been sentenced to 20 years.

Eisa Mousavi

Taherul Alam, 32, convicted of conspiracy to incite prostitution, supplying drugs to a victim, attempted sexual assault has been sentenced to eight years.

Taherul Alam

Redwan Siddquee, 32, pleaded guilty to causing or inciting prostitution, supply or offering to supply a class B has been sentenced to 16 months.

Redwan Siddquee

Jahanghir Zaman, 43, convicted of conspiracy to incite prostitution, rape, supplying drugs to a victim. He was also convicted in March for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine as part of the force’s Operation Emerald. He has been sentenced to 29 years.

Jahanghir Zaman

Nadeem Aslam, 43, convicted of supplying drugs to victims. He was also convicted in March for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine as part of the force’s Operation Emerald. He is due to be sentenced next week.

Nadeem Aslam

 

Detective Supt Steve Barron said: 

“The results from court this week have been the sentencings we were hoping for. To be able to tell the victims, that because of their unbelievable bravery and support of this investigation, these people are going to be spending a long time behind bars is just incredible.

“We are so very grateful for those who have spoken out and I am so proud of them. It is as straight forward as without them, we wouldn’t be here with this number of convictions.

“These offenders targeted these women because of their vulnerabilities. They hugely under estimated their strength and determination. to seek justice – they thought no one would believe them. We believed them as did the jury.

“I have spoken to some of these victims and they are lovely people. They have had a tough life and to then go through courts is so difficult for them . It has just been brilliant to see how their bravery is now showing justice.

“Anyone out there who is a victim and has been too frightened to come forward, please take solace and confidence from this case that we will take action and put offenders before the courts.

“The remarks from the Judge have been fantastic and I really hope the serves as a strong warning and deterrent to those who think this attitude towards women is acceptable. It absolutely isn’t and if you commit these crimes, you face a lengthy punishment for it.

“I also want to praise the officers and my team for their outstanding commitment to this operation from day one.

 “It is an excellent example of the ongoing work we are doing in our commitment to Operation Sanctuary and the protection of vulnerable people.

“Our work by no means ends here. We are going to be out in our communities raising awareness of Operation Sanctuary and the continued work we are doing to tackle sexual exploitation.

“This weekend our officers are going to be out in the community, handing out leaflets and speaking with people about Operation Sanctuary and how we all need to play our part in safeguarding vulnerable people. We need people to be vigilant and be the eyes, ears and voice of the community.

“This is not something the public should feel alarmed about but more reassured that we are proactively seeking victims and working with communities to eradicate this behaviour of offending.

“We want to ensure there is a repugnant stigma associated with sexual exploitation in all communities and in particular against individuals who think this treatment of women and girls is in any way acceptable.

“Protecting vulnerable people is our absolute priority and it is what we are here to do.”

“Any dads in?” asked man who encouraged boy’s chatroom rape

A man has been jailed for directing and encouraging a child sex abuser who live streamed the rape of a six-year-old boy.

Philip Crabtree, 35, is the fourth man to be locked up after a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation into an internet chatroom where the child’s rape was streamed in real time.

Unemployed Crabtree accessed the chatroom 166 times during five months of 2015.

He was in the chatroom between 9.40pm on 22 July and 2.01am 23 July 2015 watching the attack and emailing the abuser – William Chandler Augusta, 20 – sick instructions.

While watching the rape, Crabtree – who has no children – asked the others watching: “Any dads in?”

Augusta, of Pennsylvania, was jailed in America in February this year for streaming the footage of himself attacking the boy.

He will spend a minimum of 45 years in jail.

His victim was identified by police officers in the US and protective measures were taken.

Crabtree was arrested at home in Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire on 30 December 2015.

Officers recovered his phone and computer which contained hundreds of child abuse images: 88 category A (the most serious), 325 category B, 499category C and 268 extreme pornography images.

Crabtree produced a prepared statement during interview denying downloading abuse images or watching the live streaming of any child sexual abuse.

He refused to answer any other questions

On Tuesday Crabtree was jailed at Stoke Crown Court for eight years and eight months after admitting incitement to commit rape, eight counts of encouraging the distribution of IIOC (indecent images of children) and three counts of making IIOC.

He will serve another year on licence after release.

He was also put on the sex offenders register indefinitely and given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order setting conditions for him post-release.

Two other men, youth worker Darren Williams, 44, and primary school teacher Wayne Brookes, 43, have been jailed for 11 years and one year eight months respectively after NCA investigators showed they were online in the chatroom as the rape was streamed.

Christian Luecking Johnson, 36, of Raynes Park, London, was not online during the attack, but logged on shortly before and afterwards and was jailed for 20 months.

Colin Radcliffe, NCA operations manager, said:

“Offenders thought they could hide behind usernames to watch this horrific crime but one by one they are being jailed.

“There is no hiding.

“Criminals exploiting and abusing children for sexual pleasure should expect to be found and prosecuted.”

Brighton psychotherapist sentenced to 17 years for sex offences against teenage boy

A Brighton man has been sentenced to 17 years for the rape of a 14-year old boy and two other sex offences against him, in a toilet at a leisure centre, following a Sussex Police investigation.

Nicholas Gully, 48, was a self-employed psychotherapist, of Eley Crescent, Rottingdean, who worked from offices in Hove.

He was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on Wednesday (6 September), having been convicted at the same court on Monday (31 July) after a six-day trial, of raping the boy and committing two other sexual assaults against him.

The offences took place in a cubicle at the mens’ toilets at the King Alfred Leisure Centre in Hove on the afternoon of Sunday 29 January this year.

Gully will spend the first 11 years of his sentence in custody, and the other six years will be spent on prison release licence. He will also be a registered sex offender for life and was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) severely restricting his access to children under 16.

Detective Sergeant Julie Greenwood said;

“Gully deliberately targeted this young boy who he spotted in the reception area where the boy was waiting for his mother, he followed him and subjected him to the most degrading assault.

“Thanks to swift reporting by the boy the same afternoon, and our enquiries which with the help of CCTV quickly identified Gully, he was soon arrested and picked out in an identification procedure. Other evidence also connected him to the offence.

“Gully initially refused to comment in our interviews with him. He subsequently admitted the encounter, but pleaded not guilty, claiming in court that it was consensual, and that he reasonably believed the boy was 16 or over, despite not having any evidence to support that belief.

“The jury clearly saw through this account.

“We very much admire the courage of the victim in giving evidence in court. We also acknowledge the readiness of three of his friends, who engaged in text-exchanges with him immediately after the crime and encouraged him to contact the police, they were fully prepared to give evidence in court but were not required.

“Anyone who wishes to report sexual offences of any kind can always contact us.  You can report online or call 101. All reports will be treated in confidence and you can arrange to speak to experienced investigators”.

The boy’s mother said when Gully was convicted on 31 July; “The last six months have been a horrendous time for my son and my entire family. What started off as a perfectly normal Sunday, with my son attending the Leisure Centre having newly acquired membership on turning 14, turned into every parent’s worst nightmare.

“The unimaginable events that took place that day with him being deliberately targeted and attacked by a serious sexual predator whilst waiting for a lift home from me have had devastating consequences for my son and close family.

“He has had to come to terms with what has happened to him and also deal with the police investigation and trial. What has stood out to us is his outstanding bravery in coming forward immediately after the incident and the incredible support of his close friends, and the professional services involved  including the police and Survivors Network workers.

“I believe the perpetrator to be a serious sexual predator who if he had not been detained would have been an ongoing serious threat to young people. We are so relieved that the trial is now over and are looking forward to moving forward with our lives.”

Man who raped a stranger jailed

A man who raped a stranger in a Sunderland park has been jailed.

On November 29 last year Adam Leslie Martin, 19, of Joan Avenue in Sunderland, raped a 23 year old woman in Roker Park in the early hours of the morning.

Shortly after the incident his victim was found in Roker Park Road in a highly distressed state.

Today, Martin has been sentenced to 14 years imprisonment after previously being found guilty at Newcastle Crown Court of rape.

Detective Inspector Paul Young said:

“Martin is clearly a very dangerous individual and I am pleased he is now behind bars and not able to cause any further harm to vulnerable young women.

“This was an horrific incident for his victim and I would like to thank her for her bravery in helping us to make sure he faced the consequences of his actions on that night.”