‘Disturbing’ Bradford paedophile wants sick offending to ‘become legal in the future’
A paedophile who hopes his sick behaviour might one day be legal has been given a 10-year extended sentence as a “dangerous offender”.
Bradford man Nathan Roe groomed two boys over social media and tried to meet up with them for sexual activity – despite already being prosecuted and sentenced at Leeds Crown Court for similar offending relating to a “decoy” undercover police officer posing as a child online.
In May last year, the 21-year-old, of Tyersal Close, was given a two-year community order with conditions that included attendance on a sex offender programme.
But less than a fortnight after the sentence was passed, a monitoring service alerted the police after software installed on his computer equipment picked up his sexualised messages to one of his latest victims.
Today Recorder Paul Reid KC jailed Roe for six years, but he also imposed an extended licence period of four years after he said the defendant posed a significant risk of serious harm.
Roe, who had been an engineering student, will have to serve at least two-thirds of the six-year jail term after he pleaded guilty to a series of offences involving the two boys, who must be identified for legal reasons.
Recorder Reid said Roe had groomed both youngsters and had tried to meet both of them for sexual activity.
Roe admitted various charges relating to arranging to meet a child for sexual activity, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and sexual communication with a child.
He will now have to register as a sex offender with the police and comply with an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.
Recorder Reid said Roe had preyed on his two vulnerable victims in a deeply manipulative way.
Referring to a “disturbing” pre-sentence report on Roe, the judge said he had shown no remorse for what he had done and had expressed the hope that such behaviour may become legal in the future.
The court heard how Roe, who admitted having an active sexual interest in underage boys, had met up with one of the boys and touched the youngster’s bottom and hugged him on that occasion.
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