Hampshire man live-streamed abuse from the Philippines

 

9 September 2016

A man from Basingstoke who live-streamed child abuse from the Philippines has been given a 13 year sentence.

Officers from the NCA’s CEOP Command raided Thomas Sloman’s home in January 2015, seizing a number of computers and electronic devices.

Forensic analysis showed they contained around 12,000 indecent images, including more than 2,000 classed as “category A”, indicating the worst forms of abuse. Many of the images were screengrabs taken from live webcam streams.

Chat logs also showed that the 43-year-old (right) had been actively soliciting for images online and had arranged to view abuse over the internet.

Sloman was charged with ten counts of making indecent images of children and nine counts of commissioning or attempting to commission sexual offences against children.

In court he denied the charges, claiming that his computer had been hacked, but on 26 May at Winchester Crown Count a jury found him guilty of all charges following a four day trial.

On Friday 9 September he was given an 11 year custodial sentence with a further two-and-a-half years supervision order.

He will also stay on the sex offenders register for life.

Jason Booth, from the NCA’s CEOP Command, said:

“Thomas Sloman is a dangerous child sex offender who arranged the abuse of vulnerable children.

“The fact he was thousands of miles away makes no difference to his guilt – it was all done for his personal gratification.

“The NCA is actively targeting offenders who pay for live streaming of abuse, because our priority is protecting children, whether they are in the UK or abroad.”

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