July 2020

Paedophile lorry driver told he is ‘every child’s parents’ nightmare’ by a judge

A long-distance lorry driver spent months engaging in disgusting sexual communications with what he believed were schoolgirls, a court has heard.

Graham Styles used a number of different online identities as he chatted with seven “girls” aged between 12 and 14.

He also sent his targets pictures and videos of penis, and sent some of them instructions on how to perform sex acts on themselves.

But Cardiff Crown Court heard 57-year-old Styles was in fact messaging “decoys” from paedophile hunting team ‘Angels of Innocence’ which were being run by adults in order to catch people involved in sexual communications with children.

Harold Baker, prosecuting, said Styles was involved in sexual online communications with what he thought were seven young girls aged between 12 and 14 over a six month period from November 2017.

He said the contact would begin with the defendant complimenting the girls, and saying how pretty their pictures looked.

But the conversations soon turned sexual with Styles sending them pictures and videos of his penis, and badgering them to send him pictures of their breasts, or pictures of them and their friends in nightwear or school uniforms.

The court heard that when a number of decoys asked if they could get into trouble because of their age, the defendant told them they would be okay as long as they didn’t tell anyone what was going on.

The prosecutor said Styles told one of the girls, who said she was 13, that he wanted to meet up so she could perform a sex act on him.

To two other girls he sent instructions on how they should perform sex acts on themselves.

The court heard he told another girl that he wanted sex with her, and promised it wouldn’t hurt.

Styles was arrested in Caerphilly in May 2018 after arranging to meet adult members of the paedophile hunter group at the town’s Kwik Fit tyre garage.

Styles, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to seven counts of attempted sexual communication with a child, and to two counts of attempting to cause a child to engage in sexual activity when he appeared in the dock for sentencing.

The court heard he has previous convictions on his record but none for sexual offences, and nothing in the last 20 years.

Judge Daniel Williams said he agreed with a pre-sentence report into Styles which concluded the defendant posed a high risk of re-offending.

He described Styles as “every child’s parents’ nightmare” and said the offending was so serious it could only be dealt with by immediate custody.

Giving the defendant a one-quarter discount for his guilty pleas he sentenced him to 18 months in prison – Styles will serve up to a half that period in custody before being released on licence to serve the remainder in the community.

Styles will be a registered sex offender for the next 10 years, and was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for the same length of time.