May 2021

‘Manipulative’ paedophile posted explicit videos of children into secret chat group

A “predatory and manipulative” paedophile posted indecent videos of children into a secret chat group.

James Jeffrey, 45, also did all he could to prevent police from discovering the explicit conversations he was having with a 14-year-old girl on WhatsApp and Facebook.

In 2018, Surrey Police received intelligence that an email address was being used to post indecent videos of children into an online chat group.

The email address was traced to Jeffrey, and he was arrested at his place of work.

Officers carried out a search of his home address in Cherry Orchard Road, West Molesey, just outside London, and recovered three phones.

However, the devices were PIN-protected and Jeffrey was “uncooperative” and refused to provide police with the correct codes.

Investigators, though, were finally able to crack the codes and gain access to the phones with the assistance of a forensics lab.

Officers were then able to uncover a series of explicit WhatsApp and Facebook messenger chats on one of the devices between Jeffrey and the 14-year-old girl.

Following a trial at Kingston Crown Court in March, Jeffrey was found guilty of sexual communication with a child, causing a child to watch a sexual act and two charges of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing an extreme pornographic image.

Jeffrey appeared at the same court on Tuesday (May 11) to be sentenced.

He was jailed for five years and made subject to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.