Man jailed for enticing boys online into sex acts
Internet: Predator posed as girl and persuaded victims to make videos
A pervert who posed as teenage girls to coax young boys into performing sex acts online was branded “utterly depraved” as he was jailed yesterday.
Rory Gill promised he would get boys, some of whom were younger than 13, more subscribers on YouTube if they complied with his requests.
He communicated with them via YouTube and the Omegle social media platform for 10 months until the alarm was raised by a YouTube moderator.
The 30-year-old, of Burnside Road, Tarland, appeared for sentencing at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday having previously pleaded guilty.
Sheriff William Summers sent Gill to prison for three years and nine months and ordered him to remain on the sex offenders register “indefinitely”.
During a hearing last month, the court heard that police searched Gill’s home and found 462 indecent videos of children, with a total play length of 43 hours and 25 minutes, on a computer.
Of the videos, 52 were graded as Category A – the most extreme.
Fiscal Jamie Dunbar said Gill would “communicate in a sexual manner with the boys, send pornographic images to them and induce them to engage in dares or challenges”.
He asked them to “remove clothing”, “dance naked” and perform a variety of obscene acts.
The accused pleaded guilty to acting as a female and sending written sexual communications to children, some younger than 13 and some aged between 13 and 16, and requesting they perform various sexual acts between January 17 and November 12 last year.
He also admitted taking, or permitting to be taken, indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of children, and distributing indecent photographs of children.
However, defence agent Liam McAllister pleaded for Sheriff Summers to spare his client a spell behind bars.
Mr McAllister said: “He thought that, by the nature of the deceit and the fantasy he created, that the young victims may not have known they were victims.
“He now realises this was disgusting and abhorrent behaviour.”
Sheriff Summers told Gill: “You coerced these boys into carrying out explicit sexual acts on themselves and others,
“Some of the things you made them do were utterly depraved”
and some of the things you made them do were utterly depraved.”
An NSPCC Scotland spokesman said: “Online safety is one of the major 21st Century child protection challenges and we know the internet is used as a gateway by abusers like Gill to commit hundreds of offences against children each year.
“It is every parent’s worst nightmare that their child could be targeted online in this way by predators like Gill.
“The NSPCC’s #Wild WestWeb campaign is calling on legislators to force social media companies to use technology to flag up grooming behaviour to moderators and protect children before they are abused.”
SENTENCED: Rory Gill was jailed for three and a half years