A British music teacher who plotted to sexually abuse girls as young as four in the Philippines has been sentenced to five years.
James Alexander, aged 42, was caught by the National Crime Agency (NCA) after he sent money to people who had live-streamed child sexual abuse from Iligan City.
He was arrested on June 30, 2018, at Manchester Airport as he flew into the UK from Thailand where he had been living since 2017.
Analysis of his electronic devices showed Alexander, of Leeds, sent at least 15 money transfers to child abusers between August 2017 and June 2018.
It also showed that Alexander had spoken to the abusers over Skype and WhatsApp about travelling to the Philippines to abuse children himself.
Alexander admitted one count of arranging/facilitating the commission of a child sex offence; three counts of attempting to cause/incite a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity, and one count of making an indecent image of a child.
Alexander was jailed for five years at Leeds Crown Court yesterday (Friday, May 3).
The court was told that Alexander had a discussion with one female abuser about a 13-year-old girl, in which he said: “If I meet anyone else I would like younger.”
According to the BBC, he then asked the facilitator for pictures of her 12-year-old daughter.
It is believed indecent images of the 12-year-old were sent to him, as his recovered chat history shows he said: “nice baby * now take the other pictures I asked.”
In February 2018 Alexander and the woman discussed plans for him to meet the girls at a hotel. He asked: “Are you going to bring them both with you and stay also. You’ll show them what to do.”
Alexander, who taught in Leeds and Malaysia before moving to Thailand, asked for images of the girls aged nine and six posing in a certain way, and asked what the six-year-old would do with him.
He also explained how he would like to sexually abuse the four-year-old.
There are no records of the British music teacher ever travelling to the Philippines.
As we reported last December, Philippine police arrested one of the abuse facilitators and rescued several her children.
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