November 2016

Middle-aged paedophile jailed after trying to meet an 11-year-old for sex

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A 55-year-old man from Chatham will spend three years behind bars after he tried to meet a child for sex online.

Alan Gibson of Rowan Lea Road, Chatham, was arrested by officers in September after travelling to Queenborough via train. He had travelled to the area with the intention of meeting an 11-year-old girl for sex.

Gibson was later charged by Kent Police with one count of arranging the commission of a child sex offence.

He pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court and was sentenced to three years and four months on Wednesday, November 23.

A sexual harm prevention order was also made for 10 years and he was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

Detective Constable Kinga Hammersley from the pedophile online investigation team said: “We proactively target people who view indecent images of children, abuse children or use the internet as a way of seeking opportunities to commit offences against children using various methods.

“In this case we intercepted a man who purposely travelled to Queenborough with the intention of abusing a young child.”