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Paedophile jailed after grooming boys on Minecraft

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7:29pm 20th January 2017

A man's been sentenced to jail for two years eight months for targeting young boys on Minecraft.

Adam Isaac, 23, from Merthyr Tydfil, who previously admitted eight sexual offences against children

Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard he asked two boys, aged 12 and 14, to send intimate photos of themselves.

Isaac confessed to causing or inciting child prostitution or pornography, performing sexual acts in the presence of a child, encouraging a child to engage in a sexual activity and the possession of indecent photos of a child.

He also committed sexual acts himself whilst on video calls with the two boys and possessed

indecent images of third boy who is unidentified.

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In a statement to the court, the family of one of the victims said:

"We are now so scared to allow him online. He has matured so quickly - we are fighting to stop him going down a destructive path and we are trying to get him back to being the child he was."

Minecraft, which has more than 100 million registered users, is a 3D game that allows players build their own worlds with cubes, whilst exploring, gathering and crafting resources.

Prosecutor Rachel Knight said:

"The defendant sent money to the boys on PayPal and used the game to groom them."

The court heard the boy's father contacted the police after finding his chats on Skype involving an adult that asked him about his sex life.

They found over 170 pages of chat between them, a spokesperson from children's charity the NSPCC said it was:

"every parent's nightmare".

 

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