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An internet paedophile who sexually abused a schoolgirl after grooming her over the Internet has been jailed for eight years.
Umesh Kulasingham, 39, (11.10.73) from Croydon was found guilty of two counts of engaging in sexual activity with a girl aged between 13 to 15, two counts of grooming a girl under 13 and 13 counts of possession of indecent cartoon images of children.
He was also found guilty of one count of failing to provide passwords for encrypted computers.
He was sentenced today, Tuesday 26 March, at Inner London Crown Court. He was convicted on Friday 4 January following a trial.
The trial heard Kulasingham, using a number of aliases, had communicated with the victim when she was just 10-years-old in 2009. After gaining her trust over a period of time, he convinced her to indecently pose for him over the Internet. He then sent the girl indecent images of himself.
After the activity stopped, he then contacted the victim again in August 2011 through her friend. After establishing contact, Kulasingham threatened to send pornographic images of the girl to friends via the internet if she refused to meet him.
He then met his victim and sexually abused her. He remained in contact with the victim and his offending only came to light when the victim’s brother and sister discovered explicit text messages on a mobile phone.
He was then arrested by officers from the MPS’s Operation Saphire Complex Case Team. Detectives fear he was in contact with many young girls who have never come forward.
To this day Kulasingham – who used the aliases Fiaz Khan, Arun Kula and Don GT – refused to disclose his password for his computer.
DC Sarah Garrick, of MPS’s Operation Saphire Complex Case Team, said:
“Kulasingham is a very intelligent, cunning, calculating, deceitful man, who hid the true nature of his offending from all his family.
“He created Facebook accounts from his address in alias names which he then used as cover to contact the victim.
“It is unknown how many other females he has contacted in this way. All of his contact with this victim was by the use of Facebook, MSN, Skype, webcam and numerous text messages. He has groomed a very young naive female.
“Kulasingham put the victim through even more distress and anxiety by pleading not guilty despite the evidence against him.
“With the unwavering support of her family, our victim bravely attended court and gave evidence.
“We know from interrogation of his mobile phone and computer that remains locked, that he was in contact with a number of other young girls who have never come forward. Today’s sentence reflects the devious methods he has used for his own gains.
“We believe there are a number of victims who have not come forward and would encourage them to do so.
“We know that social networking plays a big part in society, but just ask that you monitor and educate your children in the dangers held within. The people you meet on these sites are not necessarily who they say they are and are using you, your child or another young person for their own benefit.”
If you or anyone else has been contacted by this individual or someone else using the same method, please call police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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