May 2018

Paedophile told boy he would buy him a house in relentless grooming campaign

A man who sent a 14-year-old boy a photo of his penis surrounded by £20 notes has been jailed under a new online grooming law.

William Dunn, who also called himself William Campbell even told the boy he would buy him a house during a relentless grooming campaign.

The 54-year-old was arrested when the child’s mother discovered hundreds of disturbing messages on his phone.

Campbell was sentenced to 22 months in prison after admitting sexual communication with a child and possessing indecent images of children.

A court heard that Campbell, who sent messages under the name Billy Stewart, targeted the boy after a chance encounter in Chatham, Kent, last year.

Having bought the 14-year-old cigarettes and alcohol, they began communicating on a regular basis through texts and social media. Campbell sent the teen up to 50 texts a day, often discussing gifts and money he had given him, as well as masturbation, oral sex and penis size.

Despite being aware of the boy’s age, Campbell talked about buying a house where he and his friends would be able to visit him.

The boy’s mother discovered her son was being groomed when she took his phone. ‘She spoke to her son and initially he was angry.

But then she said it appeared as if a weight had been lifted from his shoulders and he told his mum “Billy is getting too intense”,’ prosecutor Dominic Connolly said.

‘There was also a series of messages from the defendant after the boy’s phone had been taken by his mother.

‘They were increasingly desperate, asking him to respond and say he was okay, and expressing his fear of being arrested.’

Edinburgh-born Campbell, of Pier Road, Gillingham, Kent, admitted sexual communication with a child.

He also pleaded guilty to possessing 84 child abuse images which were discovered on his laptop after his arrest in September last year.

Jailing him on Friday, Judge Martin Huseyin said: ‘You went to considerable lengths to cultivate a relationship with him and draw him into explicit conversations about sexual subjects.

‘You were determined to make that relationship sexually orientated and even talked about getting a house for him and other boys to come to.’

Dunn, who is of no fixed address but has links to Chatham, Hamilton in Scotland, Sussex, Blackpool and the Isle of Wright pleaded guilty to sexual communication with a child and possessing indecent images.