Man who paid for Filipino children to be sexually abused online jailed

A security guard has been jailed for three years for organizing child sex abuse in the Philippines and paying to watch it live.

Graeme Wilson, 68, ordered the abuse from his Barnet home in 2017 and paid £18 to those who abused the children.

Investigators identified chat logs in which Wilson asked people via Skype to perform sex acts on children. Wilson also told the children to mistreat and mistreat themselves.

Wilson told the NCA he was actively looking for 14-year-olds, but logs showed he directed sexual abuse of children between the ages of 13 and 16 on at least four occasions in 2017.

The investigation also uncovered evidence that Wilson paid between 1,200 and 1,500 pesos (£18 to £23) per live stream for those in the Philippines to carry out the abuse.

Wilson was arrested by NCA officers in November 2019 and charged with five counts of organizing and facilitating the commission of a sexual offense against children.

He was also charged with three counts of organizing or facilitating the sexual exploitation of a child.

Wilson pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court this week to three years in prison.

He will also be subject to a sexual abuse prevention order and has been placed on the sex offender registry for life.

Graeme Wilson. Credit: National Crime Agency

Adam Priestley of the National Crime Agency said: “Wilson played a significant role in the sexual abuse of children thousands of miles away from him.

“He paid for them to be exploited for his own gratification, the fact that he did it behind a screen does not absolve him of any responsibility.

“His actions have helped fuel demand for this financially motivated crime in the Philippines, which poses a significant threat globally and in the UK.

“The NCA works closely with law enforcement partners in the Philippines and abroad to ensure that offenders are identified and apprehended, and children are protected, wherever they are. in the world. »

Julia Mcsorley, of the Crown Prosecution Service, described Wilson’s demands on the children as “distressing and depraved” and said the CPS is committed to prosecuting people who commit these types of crimes.

The NCA added that two of the facilitators in the Philippines were arrested in 2017.

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