Chatroom child 'predator' jailed

Published Monday, 24 January 2011
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A man who took photographs of a teenage girl he was sexually abusing has been told he will spend at least five years behind bars.

The Recorder of Belfast, His Honour Judge Tom Burgess told 45-year-old Alan David Moore that because the convicted paedophile will continue to pose a significant risk in the future, he was imposing an indeterminate sentence, meaning that even when released Moore will spend the rest of his life on licence.

However the Belfast Crown Court judge warned Moore that at the end of the five years, whether he is released or not will be up to the Parole Commissioners Board.

At the end of a three week trial last November Moore, from Windslow Drive in Carrick, was convicted of three counts of indecently assaulting the 15-year-old girl, three further charges of sexual activity with a child, one of committing an act of gross indecency, six of taking and making indecent images of children and one of possessing an image of extreme pornography with all the offences dated between 31 January 2008 and 31 May 2009.

The jury heard the schoolgirl was abused between September 2008 and May 2009 after he bombarded the girl through internet chatrooms, with many of the highly sexualised chats being read to the jury.

The teenager gave evidence that there were numerous instances of sex acts between the pair, that she told Moore she was in love with him and that he took photographs of the sexual abuse.

The jury also heard that when police raided his home and seized computer hard drives, they uncovered images of other children being abused and one of a woman performing a sex act on a horse.

Speaking outside court on Monday, the girl's mother, who cannot be identified to protect her daughter, said that while she was happy with the sentence, "he is a predator".

"Words cannot describe how I feel about this monster," she said.

"My daughters and myself have been to hell and back since this all happened."

Judge Burgess said Moore would have been "fully aware" that the girl was only 15 and that, due to her own family situation, she was in a vulnerable position.

He said that throughout the "particularly graphic" sex chats between the pair Moore was making it clear that he had a "sexual interest in her and expressed his wishes as to how that sexual interest might manifest itself in the most graphic detail".

As well as the five year minimum jail term, Moore was ordered to sign the police sex offenders register for the rest of his life and as part of a Sexual Offences Prevention order, was prohibited from ever contacting his victim, working with children or using any pornographic website.

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