Police pose as girls to snare internet predator
July 7, 2011
A Victorian man engaged in sexually explicit internet chats with police officers posing as two teenage girls and arranged to meet them for sex, a court has heard.
Cameron Bruce Millard, 42, thought he was chatting to 13- and 14-year-old girls, and told them he wanted to have sex with them.
Millard arranged to meet them at suburban railway stations, but he did not show up for the meetings, prosecutor Robert Corr said.
During the conversations he asked the officers posing as girls about their breasts and masturbated in front of them on a webcam.
When one of them said she was a virgin, Millard replied: “Not for long”.
Millard was jailed in South Australia last year for inciting a child to perform an indecent act after an online conversation with a South Australian police officer posing as a girl.
That conversation took place around the same time as the Victorian one.
When Millard was paroled in South Australia after serving 10 months he was immediately re-arrested and extradited to Victoria.
Millard’s barrister Philip Skehan said his client had an intellectual disability and was effectively an “eight-year-old in a man’s body”.
He urged Judge Campton to place his client on a release order, which is similar to a suspended sentence.
Mr Corr said the fact that no child had suffered did not diminish the seriousness of the offending.
He said it was clear Millard knew what he was doing was illegal.
Millard, of Croydon, who pleaded guilty to two counts of using a carriage service to procure a child under 16 for sex, will be sentenced on August 5.
Man jailed for seducing girl, 13
- September 28, 2010 6:09pm
A VICTORIAN man attempted to seduce a 13-year-old girl and travelled to Adelaide to meet her, but “chickened out”, a court has heard.
Cameron Bruce Millard, 41, of Melbourne pleaded guilty to one count of inciting an indecent act by a child.
In sentencing today, Judge Rosie Davey said Millard travelled to Adelaide but “chickened out” of meeting with the girl – actually an undercover police officer.
She said Millard had spoken with the intended victim using an internet chat program for about a month and planned the meeting as part of a trip to SA, where he also wanted to visit his infant son.
During those chats he performed indecent acts on himself and asked the intended victim do the same.
He also asked for a picture of the girl’s breasts.
On arrival in Adelaide he contacted the intended victim, but then made excuses to avoid the meeting.
Judge Davey said it was important to protect young people, particularly teenagers, using the internet.
“It is important that it is widely known in the community that the risk of being caught by police is very real,” Judge Davey said.
“It is important for the community to know that police officers are regularly conducting operations and engaging in chat room conversations.”
Judge Davey said Millard, a former Coles trolley collector, had an intellectual disability, but was aware what he was doing was wrong.
She said he was embarrassed and sorry for his actions.
Millard, who faced a maximum of 10 years in prison, was setenced to 7 months in custody. He has been in custody since his April arrest and will be eligible for release in a just over a month.
After his release, Millard plans to return to Victoria to care for his ill elderly mother.
Victorian tried to seduce ‘girl’ over internet
- Sean Fewster, Court Reporter
- From: AdelaideNow
- August 13, 2010 2:16PM
A VICTORIAN man has admitted trying to seduce a South Australian girl for sex over the internet.
Cameron Bruce Millard, 41, of Croydon in Victoria, appeared in the Adelaide Magistrates Court today.
He pleaded guilty to one aggravated count of inciting an indecent act by a child.
Prosecutors had alleged that, beginning on March 15, Millard used the Yahoo Chat program to chat and exchange photos with a girl he thought was Claudia Williams, 13.
They said that, in April, he travelled to Adelaide to meet her.
That rendezvous never took place because “Claudia” was the alias of an undercover police officer.
Magistrate Maria Panagiotidis remanded Millard in custody to face the District Court next month.