October 2015

A pervert has been jailed for grooming a child for sex

A pervert who groomed a schoolgirl for sex has been jailed

At the hearing on 6 October, 2015 at Preston Crown Court, Silvio Longhi pleaded guilty to a string of serious child sexual offences.

Silvio Longhi, 54 of Whitland, Dyfed groomed the schoolgirl over a period of 4-years, which resulted in a sexual assault following an arranged meeting between the pair.

Perverted Longhi cut the victims hair and died it blonde in an attempt to change her appearance. He also brought her cigarettes, t-shirts, jeans and trainers.

They spent a night at a travel lodge in Blackpool, where he got her drunk on cider and then sexually assaulted her.

The victim made her escape the following morning when they both arrived at the coach station, where he panned to take her to his remote farm in Wales.

The terrified girl phoned her mother who in turn went to meet her. At this point the girl told her mother that Longhi had sexually assaulted her and had tricked her into thinking he was an 18-year-old boy

The police were informed and arrested Longhi in Birmingham. At the time he refused to comment.

When the police searched his house, they found thousand’s of indecent images of children, some of which showed children as young as 6-years-old being sexually abused by adults.

The images covered all the categorys of indecency.

Longhi eventually pleaded guilty to:

  1. Meeting a girl under 16 following sexual grooming

  2. Sexual assault against a child under 16

  3. Possession of indecent images of children

Longhi was sentenced to 4 years and 9 months imprisonment, with an extended licence period of three years.

He will be subject to a sexual harm prevention order for an indefinite time and will have to pay a criminal court charge of £900

He must also register as sex offender for life.

As a result of the sexual assault ordeal and the grooming, the victim now suffers from post traumatic stress and depression.