July 2016

Paedophile caught in sting after arranging to meet ‘girl’ in city centre coffee shop


A paedophile who used the ‘dark web’ to share horrific child abuse images has been jailed after being caught in a sting.

Andrew Dawkins, 42, was arrested by police as he tried to meet what he believed to be was a 13-year-old girl in Birmingham.

In fact, the ‘girl’ was a man who alerted officers – who then swooped to arrest the pervert minutes after he arrived at Moor Street Station.

Police analysed his phone and laptop found sickening pictures of children being abused, including a new-born baby.

Dawkins, of Valley Road, Solihull, was jailed for five years after admitting attempting to arrange a child sex offence, six charges of making indecent images and four of distributing then.

He was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

Paul Spratt, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court, said Dawkins had been communicating on a website with a man posing as a 13-year-old girl on August 15.

He sent the ‘girl’ a number of naked photos of himself while also suggesting they should meet in a hotel room for sex.

A meeting was then arranged for later that day at a coffee shop in Birmingham, but the man he had been messaging contacted police.

And when Dawkins arrived at Moor Street Station and went to the agreed rendezvous, officers were waiting for him.

Police seized his phone and found still and moving images stored over a three year period. Similar material was also discovered on a laptop at his home,

Mr Spratt said there was evidence Dawkins had distributed images to the small community on the dark web, a hidden part of the world wide web.

He said an experienced officer had described some of the pictures as “the worse she had ever seen”. They included images of extremely young children being abused, tortured, whipped and gagged.

In passing sentence Judge Melbourne Inman QC said: “It is quite clear in this case that the children were so young it is impossible to get any younger. The pain and distress is clearly apparent. They are truly horrific images.”