LONDON: A 47-year-old Indian-origin man has been jailed for six years for online child sex offences.
Valmiki Rampersad has also been placed on the sex offenders’ registry for life by a London court on Thursday.
Valmiki was pleaded guilty to 26 offences including one count of making indecent photographs of a child; four counts of causing/inciting a girl, aged 13 to 15, to engage in sexual activity; and 21 counts of engaging in sexual communication with a child.
Metropolitan Police detectives executed a warrant at Valmiki’s London home in December 2017. Police seized numerous electronic devices as evidence. Two days later, he was arrested.
From October 2017 through September 2018, Valmiki was a prolific offender targeting 21 different children aged between 13 and 15 years old.
This week, Valmiki has been sentenced six years in jail at Croydon Crown Court.
“Rampersad used social media to prey on young vulnerable teenage girls, invading the privacy of their own homes for the sole purpose of gaining sexual gratification,” said Met Police Detective Constable Tom Ward.
“I would like to praise the courage of those girls who have spoken with us. However, we believe that there may be other victims who have not come forward or been identified. I would encourage anyone who has been coerced in such a way to contact the police,” Tom added.
According to police investigation, Valmiki used a popular online social networking website called ‘Mylol.com’, which is designed for teen dating, to sexually exploiting vulnerable young children.
Police also believe that Valmiki hails from the migrant Indian community in the Caribbean.
Valmiki, 47, created 78 bogus profiles depicting himself as a teenager boy to befriend online.
He then engaged the victims in fantasy role play, highly explicit section and love web camera chats, found the police.
“This case is a stark reminder that there are people who use the internet and social media sites as a way to commit sexual offences. It is up to all of us, not just the police, to speak to young people and advise them on how they can safely use technology,” said Detective Constable Tom Ward.