August 2013

Jail for pervert who lured teen with porn and alcohol

A PERVERT who lured a teenager to his home with the offer of porn and alcohol has been jailed for three years.

William McNeil met the 14-year-old, who was an acquaintance, in Derby city centre before they caught the bus to his flat in Highfield Road.

Derby Crown Court heard that McNeil had been convicted of sexual offences on four other occasions.

The last offence was in 2004 when he met a 15-year-old on a bus and when they got off the vehicle engaged in a sex act with him. He was released from prison in 2011.

For the latest offence, which took place on April 17, the 49-year-old was jailed for three years but has been told he will be closely watched by the authorities until 2021.

Handing McNeil a three-year prison sentence with a five-year extended licence period, Recorder Timothy Raggatt QC said: “Because of your history and risk, I’m satisfied you impose a danger to young boys in puberty.”

He said the sentence he was passing was designed to ensure he was “monitored closely” so the public were not at risk.

The recorder added: “He knows if he reverts to type that, in effect, a very lengthy suspended sentence is hanging over his head.”

The court heard that the boy had asked McNeil for a cigarette when they met in an alleyway off St Peter’s Street.

McNiel then suggested they go back to his flat to watch porn.

The boy agreed and McNiel paid for his bus fare and then gave him a bottle of beer.

At his flat, McNeil played pornographic material and then asked to perform a sex act on him, said prosecutor Martin Hurst.

The boy then fled the flat.

In court, McNeil admitted inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Balraj Bhatia, in mitigation, said: “This was not predatory behaviour – it was a chance meeting.

“There were no threats, no use of violence and when he tried to leave he did not try to stop him.”

Mr Bhatia said McNeil saw himself as much a victim because of experiences he had when he was younger.

“He has to concede because he has not had counselling to address the issue, it has grown with him and therefore he realises it’s a problem.”

McNeil will be on the sex offenders’ register for life and must obey a sex offences prevention order for an indefinite period.

The order includes banning him from approaching boys in public places and from entering any educational premises for people under 16.

The recorder said he hoped McNeil would take part in custody in courses to help him address his problem.