A British man who paid to watch abducted Filipino children be drugged and raped online has been sentenced to 21 years in prison.
According to police, Alan Porter – who has visited the Philippines for 30 years – had also arranged to rape street children during future trips to the country.
According to police, he was even found with a suitcase full of chocolate bars, ready to entice children on his next visit.
The 58-year-old lorry driver from West Sussex was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on Friday (July 12) having previously pleaded guilty to, or been convicted of, 17 offences.
Detective Constable Jackie Keogh of Sussex Police Paedophile Online Investigation Team launched the investigation that led to Porter’s arrest.
Speaking to the Eastbourne Herald following the conviction, he said: “This appalling offending came to light in 2017 when we received an anonymous letter and a memory card.
“The letter said Porter had been going to the Philippines for the past 30 years and there had been ‘talk of rape and drugging street children on his next visit’, and grooming of various children ‘as young as seven’.
“We immediately started to investigate and it became clear that he also asked to engage in sexual acts with several children during future trips. These included a 15-year-old girl whose virginity he was offered for £280.
“When we searched his address, we found, in addition to his computers and related devices, a suitcase full of chocolate bars and Cadbury’s Creme Eggs, clearly in preparation to attract young victims on a trip out there that he was actively planning.
“This was a very distressing case. It became clear that over a period of years Porter was systematically exploiting vulnerable young children in the Philippines for his own perverted sexual gratification.”
Porter – who has a wife and step-daughter in the Philippines – was convicted of four offences of arranging sexual activity involving a child; seven offences of child sexual exploitation; two offences of making indecent sexual images of children; one of paying for sexual services of a girl aged under 13 and three of paying for sexual services of young boys.
Porter will be a registered sex offender indefinitely and will serve two-thirds of his sentence before being eligible to apply for parole.
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