Michael Emerton was given nine life sentences for leading a pedophilia ring on Grindr and other apps by a judge. Emerson from Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire admitted to 20 offenses earlier this year. The 33-year-old committed offenses including four counts of rape of a child and three of inciting a child to engage in sexual acts.
The Luton Crown Court heard of the deplorable acts he committed during the sentencing. He arranged live streams of child abuse and also met with other men to have sex in front of children. He went by the name Ginger Beak on Grindr and other apps like TruNude and Skype.
Back in March, he received seven life sentences. The additional two came Wednesday (20 December). Police initially arrested Emerton in November 2016 and seized his computer equipment. Five men were arrested by police in connection to Emerton. Paul Stevens, 54, of St Albans, was sentenced to 10 years for conspiracy to rape a child under 13 and conspiracy to commit sexual activity with a child under 13.
The other one was Matthew Webby, 30, of Hemel Hempstead, earned nine years. Webby admitted to two counts of sexual activity with a child. He further admitted to conspiracy to rape a child, conspiracy to commit sexual activity with a child, and possession of indecent images of children.
Then there’s Robert Lindsay, 39, of Markyate, Hertfordshire, admitted to conspiracy to rape a child, conspiracy to commit sexual activity with a child, making indecent images of a child, and causing or inciting the child sexual exploitation of a 17-year-old. The judge sentenced him to five years and three months.
Simon Wintle, 44, of Hemel Hempstead, got two years and six months. The judge found him guilty of sexual activity in the presence of a child and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity in the presence of a child. David Overall, 44, of Stevenage, received two years for distributing and downloading indecent photographs of children.
Last in the list is a man identified as Thomas Perry, 28, from Northchurch, Hertfordshire, who will be sentenced next month. He was found by the judge to be guilty of conspiracy to rape a child under the age of 13, conspiracy to commit sexual activity with a child under 13, and causing a child to watch a sexual act. The abhorrent nature of the case has caused Judge Michael Kay QC to say that it ‘undermines one’s faith in humanity’.