A security controller has been jailed for three years for arranging the sexual abuse of children in the Philippines and paying to watch it via live-stream.

Graeme Wilson, 68, commissioned the abuse from his home in Barnet in 2017 and paid those who abused the children £18.

Investigators identified chat logs in which Wilson instructed people via Skype to perform sexual acts on children. Wilson also told the children to abuse themselves and each other.

Wilson told the NCA he was actively seeking 14-year-olds but the logs showed he had engaged in directing the sexual abuse of children aged 13 to 16 on at least four occasions in 2017.

The investigation also uncovered evidence Wilson was paying between 1200 and 1500 pesos (£18-£23) per live stream for those in the Philippines to carry out the abuse.

Wilson was arrested by NCA officers in November 2019 and was charged with five counts of arranging and facilitating commission of a child sex offence.

He was also charged with three counts of arranging or facilitating the sexual exploitation of a child.

Wilson pleaded guilty to all the charges and was sentenced this week at Southwark Crown Court to three years in prison.

He will also be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and was placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Graeme Wilson. Credit: National Crime Agency

Adam Priestley, from the National Crime Agency, said: “Wilson played a significant role in the sexual abuse of children thousands of miles away from him.

“He paid for them to be exploited for his own gratification, the fact he did so from behind a screen doesn’t absolve him of any responsibility.

“His actions helped fuel the demand for this financially motivated criminality in the Philippines, which is a significant threat globally and within the UK.

“The NCA works closely with law enforcement partners in the Philippines and internationally to ensure offenders are identified and stopped, and children safeguarded, wherever they are in the world.”

Julia Mcsorley of the Crown Prosecution Service, described Wilson’s requests towards the children as “distressing and depraved” and says the CPS is committed to prosecuting people carrying out these types of crime.

The NCA added two of the facilitators in the Philippines were arrested in 2017.