Creep alert! A 50-year-old truck driver is going to prison after posing as a gay teen online in an effort to lure real gay teens into sending him naked pictures of themselves.
Ian West, a married lorry driver from Perth, was busted after the mother of a 14-year-old boy phone discovered the middle-aged man’s dick pic on her son’s phone and reported it to police.
When police confront West and got their hands on his phone, they unearthed a trove of indecent videos, images and text messages sent between West and several other underage boys.
Addressing West directly in the Perth Sheriff Court this week, Sheriff Lindsay Foulis said, “Over a two-year period you were involved in the preservation of indecent images of children on your devices.”
Foulis also told the court that West’s phone “showed that over a ten-day period there were a considerable number of messages using sexual language.”
But considerable may be an understatement.
According to court documents, West was discovered with hours and hours of sexually explicit videos, as well as numerous pages of images of boys, which he had categorized into individual folders for each child.
West’s wife had no idea her husband was grooming little boys. As soon as she learned, she kicked him out of the house.
West’s attorney, David Holmes, tried to downplay his client’s behavior by blaming his victims instead.
“He was working long hours and had time on his hands and became involved by putting his profile on Instagram,” Holmes said. “He was contacted by younger people and children. Over a period matters got out of hand.”
Holmes added that West “suffered from loneliness,” that he “realizes he has done wrong” and that he’s “never been in trouble before.”
The court, however, was unmoved. West has been sentenced to two years in prison and his name will be placed on the sex offenders register for ten years.
h/t: STV News