Scott Roulston was caught trying to groom a teenage boy that was really an undercover police officer.
He could be released as early as September this year.
A Bomaderry man who pleaded guilty to trying to arrange a sexual tryst with a teenage boy over the internet has been jailed for two-and-a-half years. Scott Edward Roulston, 50, believed he was speaking with a 14-year-old boy over Facebook Messenger between February 27 and March 15 last year, when he engaged in a number of “highly sexualised” online conversations.
What Roulston didn’t know at the time was that the person behind the fictitious profile was an undercover police detective from the NSW Police child exploitation unit. Court papers said Roulston's internet activity had been referred to NSW Police via their Federal counterparts. In a recorded sting, detectives assumed the identity of a teenage boy and communicated with Roulston on a number of occasions.
Court documents said in one conversation when Roulston was asked what would happen if they met, he responded “lots of things,” telling the boy it would “help him to decide if u (sic) really like guys, and u wouldn't be a virgin by the end.”
Asked if they would be meeting for sex Roulston responded “Oh yes, of course, that’s the only way to show u what it’s like with a guy.” He also told officers “having sex with a guy, you can do the same things to each other - you can’t do that with a girl.”
“Whatever I do to you, I want you to do to me.”
He then went on to describe some of the acts he intended to commit like kissing, masturbation, oral sex, saying he “would do it first to show you", police allege.
In a March 3 message, Roulston said he wanted to have sex with the boy, and sent a naked picture of an adult male’s torso with the penis exposed, which he said was his own.
On March 13 he asked again if the boy would like to have sex and asked for a picture of his body, but warned they would have to be “discreet, nobody should know” and he would have to “find a hotel room”. Police said on March 15 Roulston sent a video to the youth showing him masturbating.
For the record guys, sending dick pics or videos of you masturbating is not hot, no one wants to see them so please just stop. The only people that do want them are undercover police officers, because they need them for evidence. Please Stop sending them, it is never a good idea.
Officers attached to Strike Force Trawler arrested Roulston at his workplace on June 21, and executed a search warrant at his Bomaderry home. Officers seized a computer, mobile phone and electronic storage devices.
He was taken to Nowra Police Station and charged. Police said Roulston admitted to the crimes during an interview. Once he knew he was caught he gave everything up, no doubt in the hope of a good reduction in sentencing for pleading guilty and copping to the details of the crime.
In Sydney Downing Centre District Court on February 27, Roulston was sentenced to two and a half years’ jail by Judge Phillip Mahony for using a carriage service to groom a child under 16 years for sex. Judge Mahony set a non-parole period of 15 months. With time already served he could be eligible for release in September this year.
While we are over the moon this wanna be child rapist was caught before he could do any damage (that we know of), we are quite saddened by the fact he will only serve a minimum of 15 months behind bars, our system doesn’t acknowledge the extreme criminality of child rape, or child grooming.
We at FACAA are working on making that a thing of the past, with our Julia’s Justice Legal reform campaign.
We really need to ensure the penalty for child grooming is much more severe than it currently is. What if the person Scott Roulston was grooming, wasn’t an undercover police officer, there is no doubt he would have met up with them.... and raped them.
There are hundreds of thousands of children going online everyday, they are all at risk of being groomed by predators like Scott Roulston.
If you have children on social media make sure you have full access to all of their social media accounts. Check out the people they regularly converse with, and if you see any inappropriate conversations, talk to your child and explain why you don't want them talking to that person again.
If you find naked photos are being sent to your child, explicit conversations or evidence of grooming, make a copy of the conversation and contact the police.
It’s not being controlling, or snooping on your child, it’s called being a protective parent and you may just be able to save a child or children, from being abused !
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