A man who filmed himself sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy he met on a dating app has been jailed for more than four years.
Federico Traversa, 31, lured his young victim to his home where he
filmed them together and made the boy watch child pornography.
He was found out after the victim lent his phone to his sister and she discovered a video of her brother being abused.
Traversa, of Galleons View, Isle of Dogs, pleaded guilty to sexual
activity with a child, causing a child to watch a sexual act and taking
and possessing indecent images and videos of children.
He met his victim on a gay dating app March and invited him to his
home where the boy told Traversa he was 14-years-old, Scotland Yard
He showed the victim pornographic videos involving young children
before engaging in sexual activity with him, which he then filmed
without the victim’s knowledge.
The boy then pretended to receive a phone call from his mother and left.
The pair continued to speak via social media and Traversa sent the
victim the video he had filmed of them together, as well as indecent
images of young children.
In April, the victim lent his mobile to his sister and the video was discovered, sparking Traversa’s arrest.
He claimed the acts had been consensual and that the victim had said he was 16.
Investigating officer DC Jonny Newell said: “Traversa claimed the
victim was above the age of consent but the boy told him he was 14; that
didn’t stop Traversa from engaging in sexual activity.
“The evidence later recovered demonstrated Traversa’s sexual interest
in children and I am pleased he has brought before the courts.”
He was sentenced to four years and eight months at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Thursday.
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