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Pervert set to be sentenced

PUBLISHED: 15:33 07 May 2008 | UPDATED: 11:45 12 August 2010

A PERVERT pleaded guilty to possessing thousands of indecent images of children on his computer, including level five – the most serious.

A PERVERT pleaded guilty to possessing thousands of indecent images of children on his computer, including level five - the most serious.

Unemployed Alan Russell, 36, of Anerley Hill, Penge, pleaded guilty at Croydon Crown Court on April 28 to possessing 1,993 indecent photographs and videos of children.

He also admitted 11 counts of making indecent photographs of children and one count of engaging in sexual activity via a webcam in the presence of a child.

Detective Inspector Jane Corrigan from Bromley Police said: "This case was very serious because the offender had escalated from obtaining images from the internet, to grooming girls into showing themselves to him in various states of undress.

"Modern technology provides a wealth of educational and entertainment benefits for children, but with many now owning their own mobile phone or having a computer in their bedroom parents must also be aware of the potential dangers."

On September 12 last year, police searched his bedsit and found Russell actually on the internet in the process of messaging a 15-year-old girl.

He is due to be sentenced on May 30 at Croydon Crown Court.

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