AN internet paedophile who used video games consoles to groom young boys has been jailed for eight years.
Tristan Jackson, 23, lured his young victims through XBox Live, Facebook and Skype, disguising his depraved sexual motives as an interest in gaming.
Jackson, of Irene Avenue, Grangetown, Sunderland, committed a string of sexual offences against a total of six young boys, the youngest of whom was only 12.
The pervert initially told one of his victims he was 13, met another while playing Warhammer in Sunderland and another at a fencing competition.
All of the boys were under the age of 16 when they were pursued by Jackson during a three-year period from March 2009 until 2012.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that Jackson engaged three of the children in “serious sexual activity” and obtained indecent photographs of the other three for his own sexual gratification.
One child said he had been “creeped out” by his ordeal, while another had started getting into trouble at school.
One victim said he had felt “pressured” into engaging in sexual activity, while another boy said he had felt “threatened” by Jackson.
Simon Worthy, prosecuting, said: “Jackson was initially talking about gaming and then using that to initiate talking about sex.”
The court also heard Jackson was found with almost 4,500 indecent photographs of children on his computers, covering all levels of seriousness, some of which he sent to one of his young victims.
Jackson was arrested on January 19 after the NSPCC and Crimestoppers raised concerns about the defendant to police.
Officers searched his home and took away his computers, leading to the discovery of the images from which police were able to identify the victims.
Lee Fish, defending, said: “He simply felt more comfortable in the company of young people. He was himself a conflicted individual in terms of his own sexual preferences and sexual identity.
“There is a distinction between consensual sexual activity, which is plainly what confronts the court in this case, and non-consensual sexual activity. There was none of the aggravating features we usually find in this sort of case.”
Jailing him yesterday, Judge Brian Forster said: “You engaged in serious sexual activity with three children. Your interest is such that you have committed offences against six children.
“Your offending has had a considerable impact on the lives of your victims.
“It is clear to me that the impact of what you did will continue for many years. You lack full insight into what you have done.
“You have tried to suggest at least some responsibility on the part of your victims.
“It’s clear to me that the responsibility is entirely your own.”
Jackson pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual activity with a child, three counts of sexual grooming, three counts of possessing indecent photographs of a child, 12 counts of making indecent photographs of a child, two counts of making indecent photographs of a child and two counts of causing child pornography.
He was also given a sexual offences prevention order for 10 years and was disqualified from working with children.
On his release from custody, he must notify police of his address.