East Ham child abuser jailed for 10 years

'I doubt very much well see you back in court in the future' (Picture: John Stillwell/PA)

'I doubt very much well see you back in court in the future' (Picture: John Stillwell/PA) - Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Ima

A man who forced two children to perform sexual acts on him has been jailed for 10 years.

Vasile Cot, 49, of no fixed address, offered his victims presents and up to £100 in cash at their home in East Ham. When they refused, he filmed a fake confession of them saying they had sex with each other before threatening to tell their parents, teachers and friends.

The terrified youngsters were so frightened they did their best to meet Cot’s demands, but eventually admitted to him that they did not really know what sex was.

He showed extreme pornography to the children while abusing them from May to October last year, until the boy’s father found footage of the naked children on a mobile phone.

Claire Harden, prosecuting, said: “The boy said on the preceeding evening the defendant had showed him how to do this kind of activity, and that he had told him to show the young girl.


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“The girl said the defendant had called on her while she was at school and told her to allow the boy to do this.”

She said Cot initially denied involvement, blaming the children.

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He fled home to Romania but was extradited to the UK to face charges.

Cot pleaded guilty to six counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, two counts of inciting child pornography and one count of sexual assault of a child under 13 on Tuesday last week.

John Dye, representing Cot, noted that his client entered guilty pleas at the earliest available opportunity and was of “previous good character”.

Judge Neil Sanders told Cot: “You began to groom both the two young children to commit a variety of sexual acts.

“To maintain their silence, and to continue these activities, you made threats.

“It’s almost inevitable that there will be long-term psychological damage to both victims in the future.”

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