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A British teacher was sentenced to five years in prison last Friday by the Leeds Crown Court for paying Filipino mothers to abuse their children and have the abuse live-streamed.

James Alexander, 42, who lived in Thailand since 2017, was sending money to people in the Philippines for live-streams of child sexual abuse from Iligan City. There were no records of Alexander traveling to the Philippines, but he asked Filipino mothers for indecent photos of their children, Philippine Lifestyle News reported.

National Crime Agency Senior Investigating Officer Hazel Stewart said Alexander sent at least 15 money transfers between August 2017 and June 2018 and spoke to Filipino mothers through Skype and WhatsApp.

“He believed he could abuse Filipino children safely from his home and wanted to visit the Philippines to carry out the sexual abuse himself,” Stewart said. On June 30 last year, Alexander was arrested by the National Crime Agency at Manchester Airport when he flew to the UK from Thailand.

Alexander admitted to one count of arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offense, three counts of attempting to cause or incite a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity and one count of making an indecent image of a child.

Last Friday at the Leeds Crown Court in the UK, Alexander was handed a five-year jail term. He was also handed a five-year sexual harm prevention order, which bans him from traveling overseas, and was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.

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