February 2021

Paedophile called Elvis Presley arranged to meet 14-year-old for sex after asking for her used panties

A paedophile arranged to meet what he thought was a 14-year-old girl for sex after grooming her online, a court has heard.

Elvis Aron Presley Jr had spent the previous fortnight sending a series of explicit messages to the girl in which he encouraged her to perform sex acts on herself and to send him a pair of her used and unwashed panties.

But when the convicted sex offender turned up for the arranged meeting he found himself detained by members of a paedophile hunter group.

Swansea Crown Court heard that in December 2019 a “decoy” account purporting to be that of a 14-year-old girl contacted Presley on Instagram.

Jim Davis, prosecuting, said the decoy began by asking the defendant if he really was Elvis Presley Jr, to which the defendant replied he was.

Over the following days the decoy and the 55-year-old defendant had a series of conversations which soon turned sexual in nature.

The court heard that despite the decoy telling Presley on a number of occasions that she was aged 14 the defendant talked to her about sex toys, encouraged her to perform sex acts on herself, and asked for a pair of her used and unwashed panties.

Mr Davis said that on December 31 Presley talked to the girl about her going to his flat in Carmarthen and arrangements were made to meet up later that week.

When he turned up at the rendezvous point in the town he was met and detained by members of the paedophile hunter group.

Police were called and a search of the defendant’s nearby flat found he had “sex objects” in his bedroom including vibrators and Velcro handcuffs

Presley, of Nott Square, Carmarthen, admitted attempted sexual communication with a child, attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity, and attempting to meet a child after sexual grooming.

The offences are charged as the “attempt” form of the offences because there was no actual child involved.

The court heard he has a conviction from Southampton Magistrates’ Court in 2007 for sending indecent or offensive messages and convictions for four counts of indecent assault on a girl under 14 from Norwich Crown Court from 2011 – these offences relate to sexual assaults he carried out on a young girl in the 1980s.

At the time of the Carmarthen offences he was on the sex offenders register as a result of the Norwich conviction.

Judge Paul Thomas QC said it was clear Presley had believed he was communicating with a real 14-year-old girl when he arranged to meet and had “made preparations for sex” with her.

Giving the defendant a one-quarter discount for his guilty pleas the judge sentenced him to a total of 27 months in prison.

Presley will serve up to half that period in custody before being released on licence.

The defendant was made the subject of a 10-year sexual harm prevention order and will be a registered sex offender for the same length of time.