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Gloucester internet chat sex abuser jailed

A 21-year-old man from Gloucester who persuaded three children to expose themselves on webcams has been jailed for three years.

Dominic Skillern, of Tredworth, admitted finding his victims after posing as a child in internet chat rooms, Gloucester Crown Court heard.

The children concerned were a 14-year-old girl and two boys, aged 12 and 14.

Jailing Skillern, Judge William Hart banned him from contacting children and using social-networking sites.

Skillern, who was 19 when the offences took place, pretended to be a young boy called Luke in order to cajole the 14-year-old girl into exposing herself to him via webcam.

He posed as a girl called Lexy to trick the boys into committing indecent acts on camera.

In addition, the court heard, police found 498 images of child sex abuse on Skillern's home computer.

He pleaded guilty to six offences of inciting children to engage in sexual activity and 12 offences of possessing indecent images

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