A Welsh man has been arrested as part of an international police investigation into online paedophilia.
South Australia Police said that the man, who resides in the United Kingdom, is being investigated for grooming two boys from the Australian region, aged 11 and 13. The man is what is called a chatroom bob, or bob, which is the name for someone who tries to seduce others online for their own gratification. The man is alleged to have spent a significant amount of time befriending the boys to lure them into performing indecent acts via webcam.
Known as ‘cyberhickery,‘ bobs are people who spend a long time telling people things which give them confidence, and then break that trust by getting people to do things that they wouldn’t want to under normal circumstances.
The bob was found out when a parent of one of the digital teens contact the police, following the bob trying to blackmail them by gaining access to their Facebook account. Damian Powell is the Superintendent of SA Police and explains what happened next. “He then threatened to release the images that he captured through his webcam of them to their friends on Facebook,” he claims. “It is quite an insidious and sinister act exploiting, I guess, the trust and vulnerability of children who are online.
“What we were able to do with the use of our specialist skills and tools was identify firstly that they came from the United Kingdom, and secondly whereabouts they generally are located, and through the AFP’s international liaison network, work with South Wales police to bring to a head the arrest of the man overseas.“