September 2017

‘Predatory paedophile’ posed as teenage girl to get young boys to send him indecent photos

A “predatory paedophile” who posed as a teenage girl to coerce young boys into sending him naked images of themselves has been jailed.

The crimes of Phillip Rogers, of Mallards Way, Wallington, were revealed after he engaged in sexual conversations and received naked photos from an 11-year-old boy.

The 21-year-old pleaded guilty to 15 counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and one count of possession of indecent images of a child at Croydon Crown Court on Friday June 2.

He had posed as a teenage girl and used pictures of naked young girls to coerce boys aged between 11 and 15 to send him indecent images.

Rogers has now been sentenced to a total of three years and nine months’ imprisonment.

His crimes came to light in June when an 11-year-old child bravely told his mother that he was being blackmailed by a teenage female he had met on Facebook.

He said they had started chatting in February 2015 and had engaged in a series of sexual conversations, where the victim received naked photographs of the female and he had sent back a naked image of himself.

The female asked the victim to send more images and he refused. She then threatened to send the naked image of him to his school friend unless he did as she said.

The victim’s mother reported the matter to West Midlands Police. Officers conducted an investigation and discovered the Facebook user’s registered address was in Wallington, south London.

Detectives from the Met’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command were allocated the case and on in July 2015 a warrant was executed at Rogers’ home address.

He denied any involvement and his computer equipment and mobile phone was seized.

A full examination was conducted of his phone and officers discovered he had a large number of images of young naked teenage females and as well as images of young males’ genitalia.

He had chat logs relating to conversations with what appeared to be teenage boys with indecent images being sent and received.

Rogers was arrested on October 13, 2015 and then charged on March 3, 2017.