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Federico Traversa Met Police
Child Abuse

Man who met victim (13) on dating app jailed for child sex offences in London

The abuse was discovered when the boy’s sister found an indecent video on his phone.

A MAN HAS been jailed for four years and eight months for child sex offences after meeting his victim via an online dating app.

Federico Traversa (31), of the Isle of Dogs in London, had previously pleaded guilty in court to sexual activity with a child, causing a child to watch a sexual act, taking indecent photographs of a child, possession of indecent images of a child and possession of indecent moving images of a child.

Traversa’s victim was a 13-year-old boy. The Metropolitan Police said the pair met through a gay dating app and agreed to meet at Traversa’s home on 2 March.

Upon arrival, the victim told Traversa he was 14. They went into the bedroom where Traversa showed the boy videos of young children performing sex acts.

Police said they then went on to engage in sexual activity before the boy pretended to receive a phone call from his mother and left. Traversa filmed them without the knowledge of the victim.

Video discovered 

Traversa and the boy continued to speak via social media. The defendant then sent the victim indecent images of young children plus the video he had made of them.

On 11 April, the victim’s sister found the video when when she borrowed his phone.

Police were then called and Traversa was arrested on 15 April. He told officers the acts had been consensual and the victim had said he was 16.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Jonny Newell, from the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: “Traversa claimed the victim was above the age of consent but the boy told him he was 14; that didn’t stop Traversa from engaging in sexual activity.

“The evidence later recovered demonstrated Traversa’s sexual interest in children and I am pleased he has brought before the courts.”

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