A paedophile who carried out “monstrous” abuse was brought to justice after abusing a young girl live over the internet during a discussion with an undercover FBI agent, Lincoln Crown Court was told.
Michael Spencer made contact with the agent through a chatroom which specialised in the sexual exploitation of children and after exchanging details Spencer went on to speak to the man on Skype.
Stephen Kemp, prosecuting, said that the FBI agent, based in Virginia, USA, had a discussion with Spencer who went on to boast about sexually abusing a girl of just four years old.
Spencer then, live on Skype, persuaded a five year old to perform a sex act on him. The incident was video recorded by the FBI who traced Spencer to an address 4,000 miles away in Skegness.
Officers knocked on Spencer’s door just days later and arrested him. They seized computer and mobile phone equipment which showed he had been distributing indecent photographs of children and on the very morning of his arrest he had been exchanging messages about sexually abusing children.
Mr Kemp said Spencer had also been having regular unprotected sex with a 15 year old girl which only ended after she fell pregnant. The girl, who had mental health problems, later had an abortion. She was unable to prove Spencer was the father as she also had a brief sexual liaison with another man.
The court was told the girl has since been detained in a secure psychiatric unit and has attempted to take her own life more than 20 times.
Spencer, 46, of Edward Crescent, Skegness, admitted charges of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and inciting child pornography relating to the five year old. He further admitted sexual activity with the 15 year old together with possessing, making and distributing indecent images of children. The offences took place between July 2011 and his arrest in August 2014.
Recorder Nicholas Syfret QC jailed him for 12 years and nine months and ordered him to remain on licence at risk of being returned to jail until 2031.
He told Spencer “These were monstrous offences. I have no hesitation in finding that you are dangerous.”
Terry Boston, defending, said “He is in denial. He cannot accept what he has done is as bad as it was.
“He is thoroughly ashamed of himself.”