July 2017

Paedophile scout leader jailed after telling boys he wanted to move to Mexico to have sex with 12-year-olds

A paedophile scout leader told young boys he wanted to live in Mexico so he could have sex with 12-year-olds, a court heard.

Daniel Carr, the former district treasurer for Southend West Scouts, was caged for two years at Basildon Crown Court today after he admitted a string of online child sex offences.

The 26-year-old used the messaging app Kik to join group chats in which he tried to persuade youngsters to touch themselves and send him naked photos.

Jessica Franklin, prosecuting, said officers found the sickening messages to boys aged 12, 13 and 15 after they raided his house in December.

She said: “They contained this defendant stating that he didn’t mind the age gap. He stated that he wished he lived in Mexico where the age of consent is 12.

“He stated that he had had intercourse with a 15-year-old on numerous occasions. Despite the best efforts of officers no victims have been identified as part of this investigation.”

Carr admitted five counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity between November and December last year.

More than 200 indecent images of children were found on his phone, including 26 of the most serious category A images, 58 category B images and 137 category C images.

He also admitted distributing indecent images, including four category A images, two category B images and two category C images.

The court heard Carr admitted the offences in police interview but claimed he had no plans to meet the youngsters.

Carr was kicked out of scouts after his offending came to light.

Judge John Lodge said: “It matters very little that you had no intention of meeting them. These were real people who were really being abused by you in real time.”

July 2017

Paedophile scout leader facing jail after persuading children as young as 12 to send him naked photos

A scout leader is facing jail for inciting youngsters to send him naked photos online.

Daniel Carr, district treasurer for Southend West Scouts, admitted 11 offences when he appeared at Southend Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The 26-year-old, of Shoebury High Street, faced three charges of downloading more than 200 indecent images of children on December 9.

They include 26 of the most serious category A images, 58 category B images and 137 category C images.

Carr was further charged with three counts of distributing indecent images of children on the same date, including four category A images, two category B images and two category C images.

The most serious five counts relate to online activities carried out with children, aged between 12 and 15, in which he persuaded them to send him naked photos.

Those five offences of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity took place between November 2015 and December last year.

Lesley Chipps, prosecuting, told magistrates: “These are matters that should be dealt with at the crown court for sentence. It is making and distributing images for which there is a three year starting point, with a range of two to five years. Inciting a child under 13 has a starting point of two years custody. You do not have sufficient sentencing powers.”

Alan Payne, chairman of the bench, told Carr he must now sign the sex offenders register.

He said: “You will be sentenced for this offence at crown court and that’s when you will be told how long this requirement will last for.”

Carr was released on unconditional bail. Outside court, Carr declined to say whether he has now left the Scouts, muttering: “No comment.”

Carr will appear for sentencing at Basildon Crown Court on Monday, July 31.

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