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Pervert jailed for abusing children

PUBLISHED: 12:30 13 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:01 03 March 2010

A 56-year-old bachelor who paid schoolgirls to let him film them while they stripped naked has been jailed for five years.

Sentencing Melvyn Potter of Felix Road, Ipswich, judge John Holt said: "You rewarded the girls with cigarettes, drink and money to strip and perform on video naked.

A 56-year-old bachelor who paid schoolgirls to let him film them while they stripped naked has been jailed for five years.

Sentencing Melvyn Potter of Felix Road, Ipswich, judge John Holt said: "You rewarded the girls with cigarettes, drink and money to strip and perform on video naked."

He said that some of the performances involved a sex toy and were not just indecent, but at times pornographic.

Judge Holt said the offences were so serious that in addition to the five-year jail sentence he felt it necessary to impose a five-year extended licence period.

He disqualified Potter from working with children and ordered him to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Potter was committed to Ipswich Crown Court for sentence for three offences of taking indecent pictures of children and one offence of permitting indecent pictures of children to be taken.

Richard Kelly, prosecuting, said Potter had filmed girls aged 11 to 13 on three occasions and on one occasion had allowed them to film themselves.

He said four to five girls would visit Potter at his flat while playing truant from school.

The offence came to light when the girls were overheard talking about Potter paying them to take off their clothes.

Mr Kelly said that after filming the girls removing their clothes, Potter would sit down and watch the videos with them.

Saqib Rauf said his client had lived with his elderly parents until they died and had then been moved by the council into a flat in Felix Road.

"He was in a lonely and depressed state about his parents' death," said Mr Rauf. He claimed that the girls had instigated the offences although he accepted that Potter should have acted responsibly and not allowed the girls to behave in such a way.

Mr Rauf said that one of the girls had suggested he paid them money to remove their clothes.

He said Potter had not received any sexual gratification from making the videos and had erased them shortly after they had been made.


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