August 2021

Pervert encouraged ‘vulnerable’ girl, 11, to perform sexual acts over Facebook Messenger

A pervert who encouraged a ’vulnerable’ 11-year-old girl to send videos of herself performing sexual acts over Facebook Messenger has been jailed.

Anthony James Moores claimed he believed the person he was talking to was 25 years old.

But Manchester Crown Court heard photographs she sent made it ‘obvious’ she was considerably younger.

Sentencing, a judge told the 32-year-old: “You knew what you were doing and you knew it was wrong.”

Moores engaged in sexual communication online with 12 other girls who he believed to be between the ages of 12 and 15.

However, these were actually decoys created by members of a paedophile hunter group, the court heard.

The group reported Moores to the police and in February 2018 officers attended his address in Salford – where he lived at the time.

After being directed to a library in Pendleton – Moores was found sitting at a computer.

It was through library computers and mobile phones that Moores, of Buttermarket Street, Warrington, communicated with the underage girls.

He has now been given an extended sentence of four years in custody and a further four years on licence for causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

On Thursday (August 5), he was also given concurrent prison sentences for 16 other offences.

The court heard the 11-year-old girl had been under the care of a local authority.

Her Honour Judge Manley said that she was a ‘particularly vulnerable child’.

Prosecutor Justin Hayhoe said the girl told Moores that she was 25-years-old.

He said that the girl ‘did send pictures of her face as well as other indecent photographs’.

“Looking at these pictures [of the girl] it is obvious she was not 25-year-old,” he told the court.

Messages retrieved from Moores’s Facebook account showed he asked the girl to send a photograph of herself to him, the court heard.

She did look like a child in the photograph but was wearing lots of makeup, Mr Hayhoe said.

Moores asked the 11-year-old if she would go out with him and then sent her an explicit photograph.

The pair exchanged further images, and later spoke over video chat.

The court heard Moores told the girl how he would like to have sex with her and asked if they could engage in sexual activities.

But he was concerned that the girl’s parents would find out, the prosecution said.

The court heard the girl said that she had dwarfism – which appeared to be her trying to account for how small and young she looked.

Another video call took place and afterwards they both said they loved each other and sent more photographs.

The girl then ‘said her mum found out and that she had to block the defendant’, Mr Hayhoe said.

He said he loved her and then there was no further contact, the court heard.

The prosecution said that one of the decoy accounts Moores was speaking to at the same time as the real child pretended to be a 12-year-old girl.

Moores said he was ‘fine with that’, the court heard.

The defendant ‘tried to manipulate’ the decoy account and advised that she did not tell her parents.

Moores asked for an explicit photograph of the girl and was sent one back which was not indecent, the court heard.

The decoy reminded the defendant of her age but sent a picture of his genitalia.

The further 11 adults who were running decoy accounts spoke to the defendant over several months where he shared ‘very similar’ sexual messages.

Mr Hayhoe told the court that Moores would gain their trust and then turn the conversation to a sexual nature.

He would try to gain their sympathy by asking if he was ugly, the court heard.

He had asked the decoy account if they had even had threesomes and if they were kinky, the court heard.

“He was clearly aware he was talking to young girls and clearly aware that what he was doing was unlawful,” Mr Hayhoe said.

The court heard that Moores confirmed that he was the sole owner of his Facebook page, which has 28,000 friends, and said that he was ‘ashamed’.

The court heard Moores provided police with his login details so they could see everything he had done.

Sentencing, Her Honour Judge Manley said that in the first photograph the 11-year-old girl sent it was ‘obvious’ that she was ‘very young’.

She said it wasn’t ‘borderline’ and that she looked 11 or 12 years old.

The judge said that although the 12 other accounts Moores spoke to where all adults he ‘didn’t know that’.

“You knew what you were doing and you knew it was wrong,” she told the defendant.

She told the defendant that he had a low IQ and that he has a learning disability but that a psychologist’s report concluded that this did not reduce his culpability – especially in relation to the 11-year-old child.

Judge Manley said that his behaviour was ‘inexcusable’ and that the offences were so serious that only immediate custody can be justified.

Moores admitted all of the 17 charges he faced and was given full credit for doing.

In addition to causing of inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, Moores was given concurrent sentences for sexual communication with a child and two counts of making indecent photographs of a child.

These charges all related to the real 11-year-old girl.

In relation to the decoy accounts, he was sentenced for attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act and for 12 counts of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.

He has been put on the sexual offenders register for life and an order was made to forfeit and destroy his two mobile phones.