May 2017

Chef jailed after 13-year-old he groomed turned out to be cop

A chef has been jailed after sending lewd images and video of himself to what he thought was a girl of 13.

But Neil William Evans didn’t realise he was actually in conversations on social media with an undercover police officer.

Today, he pleaded guilty today to three counts of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

Prosecuting barrister Matthew Curtis said Evans had used KiK last December to talk to “13-year-old Courtney.”

He added Evans, 31, of Wian Street in Holyhead, lied that he was 23 and continued sexually explicit conversations, also on WhatsApp.

Mr Curtis said Evans mentioned a potential meeting although there was no charge involving this.

The prosecutor said Evans had searched online for girls as young as 13 on KiK, and viewed eleven profiles.

Judge Tracey Lloyd-Clarke told Evans: ”You truly believed you were in contact with a 13-year-old girl.”

He knew it was wrong to exchange sexual messages.

The judge said Evans had sent a picture of his penis and a video of him performing a sex act, adding: “It’s clear that your behaviour was persistent despite the initial reluctance of what you thought was a 13-year-old girl and this wasn’t a one-off.

“You had been conducting searches of KiK for other girls as young as 13.

“These matters are so serious only an immediate custodial sentence is appropriate.”

Evans was jailed for 10 months and must register as a sex offender for ten years. A 10-year sexual harm prevention order was made.