Prison threat to convicted rapist in request to teenager on web

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall

First published in News by , T&A Reporter

A convicted rapist who asked a 13-year-old girl to strip naked in front of a webcam was warned by a judge that he will get a long jail sentence if he does it again.

Daniel Myers, described in court as “immersed in virtual reality,” contacted the teenager, from Minnesota, USA, in an internet chatroom.

Bradford Crown Court was told yesterday he knew she was just 13 when he suggested she “get naked” for his sexual pleasure.

Myers, 27, of Wenborough Gardens, Holme Wood, Bradford, who was sentenced to an extended term behind bars for rape when he was a teenager, pleaded guilty to inciting a child to engage in sexual activity in September 2011.

His solicitor advocate, Alistair Bateman, said he was easily detected and traced because of his lack of sophistication.

Other people in the chatroom realised what was going on and alerted the police.

Mr Bateman said Myers, who suffered from learning disabilities and trouble with his hearing, asked the girl to strip off just once and then closed the webcam down.

“He is completely isolated, living in a virtual world, cognitively and physically challenged,” solicitor Mr Bateman said.

Myers was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, with supervision and a high-level activity requirement aimed at addressing his particular type of offending.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC ordered him to sign on the sex offenders’ register for ten years and he made a Sexual Offences Prevention Order without limit of time to protect children from Myers in the future.

The judge reserved any breach of the order to himself, warning Myers: “Do it again and you will go to prison.”

He said the sentence would be more than four years behind bars to safeguard the public.

Judge Durham Hall said Myers had many problems. He was bullied and maltreated himself when a youngster.

He did not persist in asking the girl to take off her clothes.

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