August 2021

‘Deplorable’ paedophile who preyed on children online is jailed for six years eight months

A 50-year-old Tetbury man who encouraged children to perform sexual acts on themselves online while he watched has been jailed for six years and eight months at Gloucester Crown Court.

Graham Peak, of Northfield Road, Tetbury, pleaded guilty to 14 offences following a detailed investigation by the Gloucestershire Constabulary Indecent Images of Children team.

A Police spokesperson said today (Aug 20) “He appeared at Gloucester Crown Court last week where he was jailed for six years and eight months.

Peak was also made subject of a lifetime Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

“Officers seized a number of devices from his home address after he was arrested on 23 September last year and these were subject to extensive forensic examination.

“The investigation found Peak had hundreds of indecent images of children saved on his devices, including ones in the most serious category.

“He also used online platforms to incite girls aged under 16 to perform sexual acts on camera while he engaged in sexual acts for the children to see.

“Peak also recorded the indecent activity and shared the material online with others who had a sexual interest in children.

“The charges he admitted included five counts of causing/inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, two counts of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, three counts of taking indecent images of children, one count of distributing indecent images of children and three counts of making indecent images of children.

Detective Constable Ross Webb, the officer in charge of the case, said: “Peak’s behaviour and crimes were abhorrent – he exploited numerous children for his own sexual gratification.

“He used a website where you can randomly chat with strangers across the world, and we believe a number of those young girls he spoke to online were in America.

“This shows the real risk children face with online chat rooms and websites as Peak not only asked them to perform sexual acts on themselves, but he then recorded it and shared this with others.

“He’s exploited these children and made them even more vulnerable as targets for other like-minded individuals. Peak was a fully grown adult who was aware of his sickening actions and admitted his guilt in interview.