Lincolnshire man jailed for sex offences against young girls
A 54-year-old man has been jailed for six years after admitting a number of sexual offences against young girls.
Paul Anthony Middleton, who lived on a Caravan site in Ryhall near Stamford, was arrested in May this year after having been ‘caught’ by a online paedophile hunter group.
An undercover journalist from the group had set up a profile of a 13-year-old girl to whom Middleton had been talking to in a sexual manner, requesting indecent images, encouraging her to engage in sexual activity, and attempting to meet for sex.
During police interview Middleton, who worked as a tree surgeon, admitted the offences and stated that he had talked to a number of underage girls in that manner:
Sending indecent videos and images of himself
Requesting indecent images of the girls
Requesting them to send videos to him
Attempting to arrange to meet for sex.
He also admitted to the fact that he had indecent images of children on his phones and had distributed the images to other users on a social network site.
Middleton admitted 13 offences including:
Attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming
Inciting a child aged 13 years to engage in sexual activity;
Making indecent images of children
Distribution of indecent images of children