Police have issued a stark warning to parents after a man’s ‘abhorrent’ transatlantic child sex crimes have been exposed
Graham Peak met his young victims in online chat rooms and persuaded them to perform sexual acts on webcams for him to watch and record.
Detectives who investigated and arrested Peak said his behaviour and crimes were ‘abhorrent’, and they believe a large number of the girls who exploited online were in the United States of America.
They also added that his crimes ‘show the real risk children face with online chat rooms and websites.’
The 50-year-old admitted 14 offences following a detailed investigation by Gloucestershire Police’s Indecent Images of Children team.
He appeared at Gloucester Crown Court last week, and was jailed for six years and eight months, as well as being made the subject of a lifetime Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Officers raided his home in Northfield Road in Tetbury on September 23 last year and seized a number of devices to forensically examine.
Police found hundreds of indecent images of children saved on his devices, including ones in the most serious category of child sexual images. Police said he 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 to 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.
“Peak’s behaviour and crimes were abhorrent – he exploited numerous children for his own sexual gratification,” said the man in charge of the investigation, DC Ross Webb. “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.
“We will take every opportunity to target, disrupt and lock up offenders with a sexual interest in children and we have teams in the Force who are dedicated to tackling this type of deplorable crime,” he added.
Gloucestershire police shared a number of initiatives to help children and parents be protected online. Thinkuknow is an educational programme which protects children both online and offline. For advice for parents and carers to help keep children safe, please visit the ThinkUKnow website here.
The confidential Stop It Now! UK and Ireland helpline can help anyone worried about their behaviour towards children, offline or online. Call 0808 1000 900 or visit the website here.