July 2017

Pervert who thought he was sending explicit pictures to 13-year-old girl spared jail

A PERVERT who sent indecent images to a person he thought was a 13-year-old girl but who was actually an American paedophile watchdog has been spared jail.

Instead of a teenage girl it turned out Gary Bradley, 53, was actually messaging a US Homeland Security officer through the Kick app.

Painter and decorator Bradley, of Chaney Road, Wivenhoe, sent a photograph of himself masturbating, engaged in sexual chat and asked the ‘girl’: “Have you taken any naughty pictures?”

Bradley admitted attempting to cause a child to look at a person engaging in sexual activity to obtain sexual gratification on 21 October last year.

Charlotte Davison, prosecuting at Chelmsford Crown Court, said: “He was using the profile ‘gazdec’ and admitted he was a 50-year-old from the UK.

“He sent her explicit images and photos of himself masturbating and encouraged the girl to send images of a similar nature to him.”

One picture showed his face and other images were matched to the background at his home when UK police went to went there.

Bradley was given a 14-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with 180 hours’ unpaid work, a 40-day rehabilitation activity requirement and costs of £320.

Judge Emma Peters also imposed a sexual harm prevention order and ordered him to sign the sex offenders’ register for ten years.

June 2017

Man trying to send explicit pictures to 13-year-old girl caught by online investigation

A PERVERT who thought he was sending sexual pictures to a 13-year-old girl was caught out by an American online investigation.

Gary Bradley, 53, used an instant messaging service called Kik to send the explicit messages and pictures, a court heard.

He thought he was chatting to a 13-year-old girl, but was, in fact, in conversation with an undercover officer.

Appearing at Colchester Magistrates Court yesterday, Bradley, of Chaney Road, Wivenhoe, admitted one charge of attempting to cause a child aged 13 to 15 to look at an image of sexual activity.

Philip Pearson, prosecuting, said: “The police received information from the United States from investigators carrying out an investigation in 2016. They were using an undercover officer.

“He created an online profile purporting to be a 13-year-old girl using a social network platform called Kik.

“The officer had used the false profile to have a conversation with a user who said he was a 50-year-old man from the UK.

“The man engaged who he thought was a 13-year-old in sexual conversation.

“He sent explicit images of himself and also encouraged her to send images back to him.

“He has admitted he has sent these images to this person over the system.”

Bradley is expected to be sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court next month.

Kik Messenger had around 300 million registered users as of May 2016.

The service has been criticised as unsafe for children due to its emphasis on protecting the anonymity of its users and a lack of parental control.