Wife poses as schoolgirl to catch a pedophile - her husband
When you're visiting chat rooms for Internet sex, the last person you want to bump into is a family member. But that's exactly what happened to 68-year-old Welshman David Roberts.
Roberts' wife, Cheryl, 61, suspected her husband of using chat rooms to engage in Internet sex with schoolchildren, London's Daily Mail reports.
Cheryl decided to pose online as a teenager to find out, and ended up catching him with his pants down.
The resourceful wife told Cardiff Crown Court yesterday that while David was online in his study, she used another computer in the couple's home in Bridgend, South Wales. Her husband was unaware that he was chatting with his own wife, who had logged on in their living room.
David asked his wife, posing as a young girl, to meet up for sex. He also performed indecent acts in front of a Web cam.
Cheryl did not confront her husband but called the police, who seized David's computer.
Police discovered several images of child pornography downloaded on the computer, which David thought had gotten him nabbed. Detectives did not reveal until weeks later that David had been chatting with his wife and that she had turned him in.
Cheryl first became suspicious of her husband when he started spending long periods of time in his study. Then she saw a message pop up on David's desktop.
“It said, ‘You are a f-----g beautiful b---h’ and was signed Corky — his nickname,” prosecutor Martyn Kelly told the court. “She realized the message on the screen was one her husband had posted to a young girl. She had decided to pose as a schoolgirl to confirm her fears.”
Roberts confessed to possessing illegal images and engaging in indecent acts in the presence of a child. He was banned from contacting anyone, in person or online, under the age of 18, and was given three years of community service.
The Robertses have since separated and are seeking a divorce.