Man watched Rugby girl, 13, on his computer

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A man who persuaded a Rugby girl to engage in sexual activity in front of a camera while he watched her via his computer has been ordered to register as a sex offender.

Ravi Prakash pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to six charges of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. Prakash, 28, of Swansea, south Wales, also admitted three offences of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification.

The court heard the charges relate to a series of incidents which began in October 2011 when Prakash and the girl, who lives in Rugby and was then aged 13, began to contact each other by computer.

Between then and February last year he persuaded the girl, who he knew was under 16, to pose naked for him in front of a camera while he watched her via a Skype connection. Prakash also got the girl to take part in sexual activity, and he “intentionally engaged in sexual activity” in front of his camera intending that she should be watching him.

In addition, Prakash pleaded guilty to a further charge of attempting to arrange or facilitate the commission of a child sex offence by trying to persuade the girl to meet him so he could kiss her.

At the request of his barrister Richard Ace, the case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on Prakash. Judge Sylvia de Bertodano, who ordered Prakash to register with the police as a sex offender within three days, granted him bail.