A young man who had sex with a 13-year-old boy after ‘grooming’ him on an internet chat site has been given an extended prison sentence because of the danger he poses.
A judge heard that the young victim believes a laptop computer had been set up to allow another man to watch over the internet when Stanislaw Rogalski first had sex with him.
Rogalski, 20, of Warren Field, Ryton-on-Dunsmore had pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to meeting the boy with intent to commit an offence following sexual grooming.
He denied five charges of raping the 13-year-old on dates between March and September last year, but admitted five alternative offences of sexual activity with a child by having intercourse with him.
On a separate indictment, Rogalski pleaded guilty to distributing indecent photographs of children between December 2009 and October last year, seven charges of possessing indecent images of children and one of possessing extreme pornography.
He was given an extended prison sentence with a ‘notional term’ of eight years – under which he will have to serve two thirds of a four-year sentence, rather than the normal half, before he is automatically released.
Rogalski, who also has to register as a sex offender for life, will then remain on licence until October 2021.
Prosecutor Walter Bealby said the police received information last year which led to them going to Rogalski’s home on December 22 and seizing his phone and laptop computer.
He made ‘full and frank admissions’ in relation to possessing and distributing images of child pornography.
That involved 131 ‘level one’ images of children in indecent poses; 66 level two images of children involved in sexual activity; seven level three images of adults involved in non-penetrative sexual activity with children and 43 level four images of adults in penetrative sexual activity with children.
He also admitted possessing 588 images, including 18 level five images of children being subjected to acts of sadism or bestiality, with a view to distributing them.
But when the police examined his phone and computer they also discovered messages which appeared to show Rogalski taking part in plans to have sex with children.
He had been involved in a two-month period of grooming a 13-year-old lad who the police managed to trace.
The boy described Rogalski contacting him via Facebook last year before they began engaging in sexual discussions.
He then agreed to meet Rogalski who travelled by train to the boy’s home town station where he was met by the boy and his mother who became satisfied that their friendship was to do with ‘snowboarding and the like’ and was entirely platonic.
Rogalski, whose parents were away at the time, then returned with the boy to his home in Ryton.
Mr Bealby said the boy ‘described being overwhelmed by the physical attention of the defendant who sat him on the kitchen table and kissed him repeatedly.’
Rogalski then led the boy up to his bedroom where he persisted in persuading him into having sex, which the boy, who said he never gave consent but did not actually say no, found extremely painful.
Before having sex with the boy, Rogalski had switched his computer on, and afterwards engaged in a conversation about it with someone via the computer – and the boy believed that other person had been watching the sex act as it took place.
The boy said that when he went to Rogalski’s home on another occasion an older man was there and engaged him in explicit conversation about the previous incident before having sex with him, although that man, who Mr Bealby referred to as X, has not been charged with any offence.
Mr Bealby said Rogalski, who took the boy on trips to the Harry Potter museum, London and Birmingham, had sex with him on at least five occasions.
And Mr Bealby pointed out that in a statement the boy has said: “At times I felt so low and so damaged by him that I thought about ending it all.”
Simon Hunka, defending, said: “In the mind of Mr Rogalski, although he appreciated the true age of the boy, he genuinely believed he was in a relationship.”
But Judge Alan Parker commented: “The law is there to protect children from the misguided psychology of people like this defendant.”
Mr Hunka said Rogalski’s mother knew he was homosexual some time ago, and he had the bravery to tell people at his school – but as a result he was subject to bullying and had ‘a tough time of it’ in his final years at school.
He added that Rogalski had ‘struggled to find the boundaries in this age of the internet where the boundaries seem to be limitless.’
Judge Parker told Rogalski: “This is a very disturbing case indeed.
“You actively groomed the 13-year-old victim, winning his confidence, and indeed the confidence of his mother. That demonstrates the degree of sophistication with which you pursued this young man.
“Then over a period of time you engaged in sexual activity with him. What makes it especially disturbing is the repetition.
“This case demonstrates as clearly as any the direct connection between accessing pornographic images and fantasising about them, and that leading to direct contact offences against young people.
“The sexual activity was invasive and was painful to him. It was only just consensual. I am quite satisfied you exercised a high degree of emotional control over him.
“He may never ever get over it. That is the effect of your wicked selfishness, thinking only of your own desires. I have come to the conclusion you do present a significant risk of causing serious harm to other young males.”