"He sent photographs which he had taken, in the moment, of his own erect penis."
An Indian paedophile has received a jail sentence after a UK vigilante group caught him sending explicit content to two girls.
Suresh Varsani, aged 27-years-old, believed he was texting two young girls, aged 12 and 14. However, he was actually communicating with a member of ‘Paedo Hunters 24/7’, posing as both children.
The married man would repeatedly send explicit messages and pictures. These included pornography and indecent images of himself. Prosecutor Samantha Cohen explained:
“He sent photographs which he had taken, in the moment, of his own erect penis and in relation to both ‘children’, instructions of how each could digitally penetrate themselves.”
The vigilante quickly became “concerned for herself and her fellow group members”. This led to them confronting the 27-year-old. On 9th September 2017, they caught him with his phone in hand, as he shared his location in a message.
Varsani had revealed he was in his work’s changing room. Cohen added: “A group of five went to London, and during the course of that meeting he was engaging in chat, thinking it was the young girl.
“He said he was in work, in the changing room with a ‘hard c**’.
“When they (the group) got there, they asked the owner if he was there – they went up to the changing room and there he was with his phone in his hand.”
Police arrested the man on the same day. His trial took place at Harrow Crown Court, where the judge sentenced him to 3 years and 4 months in jail.
Varsani has been placed on the sex offenders register for life. He must also serve a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order if not deported. He pleaded guilty to the charges brought forward in the trial.
The court heard Cohen describe his behaviour as “classic grooming behaviour”, saying:
“Almost immediately (Varsani) asked “Do you like sex?” and sent pictures of adults having sex and discussed this with the fictitious child. He sent a blurred photograph of himself and asked her to delete it so her mother wouldn’t see it.”
Judge Dean, who delivered the verdict also concluded:
“The only saving grace in this case is that you didn’t attempt to meet them. Had these been real girls, who carried out the instructions that you gave them, they would have suffered devastating long-term effects.”
The court also heard how Varsani, who came to the UK in 2013 on a visa, risks losing his marriage after the incident.