July 2017

Pervert lorry driver, 37, told ‘girl, 13’: ‘Young girls look sexy’

An ex-lorry driver who told what he thought was a 13-year-old girl he ‘liked young girls because they look sexy’ has been spared a prison sentence after being convicted of numerous sex offences.

Stephen Brown appeared at Croydon Crown Court on Monday after he admitted three counts of making indecent images of children, possessing extreme pornography and causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

The court heard how the 37-year-old, used the Kik social media messenger app in May 2015 to begin talking to a person he thought was called Lauren, aged 13.

Discovering her age he said he was 34 and made the comment: “I like young girls they look sexy”.

Brown asked her to send him a picture because he wanted to see if she looked “HOT”.

After a series of more suggestive comments Brown, formerly of Milner Close in Caterham, asked: “Can any one see ur phone” before sending an image of an erect penis.

Brown talked to the girl 11 more times on Kik between 12 May 2015 and 7 July 2015 and continued to ask her for photographs.

After receiving a picture of a pair of knickers he asked if she would meet him in person.

He asked her to confirm that she wanted to meet him, saying: “Even though it could be classed as illegal what we do”; “As long as no one catches us we will be fine x”, and: “The old bill would lock me up x lol”.

Brown’s messages became more explicit and he reminded her to delete her messages “so no one finds them”.

On 18 June 2015 Brown, now of Uxbridge Street, in Burton-on-Trent, in Derbyshire, sent two pictures of himself to the victim: one lying on his back with his naked torso exposed and the other a close up of an erect penis with a pair of naked legs resting on a duvet.

A National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation showed the messages were sent from Brown’s mobile phone.

When first interviewed he denied any knowledge of sending pictures and talking to Lauren.

During his second interview he confirmed that the facial images and two images of an erect penis were his and that he had taken the photographs.

He tried to blame someone else for using his phone and said he only ever looked at farming related websites.

NCA officers found mobile phones and a tablet at Brown’s home containing evidence of the online conversations and indecent images of children – one category A (the most serious), six category B, 57 at category C and one extreme image.

Today (July 24), at Croydon Crown Court he was given a 21-month jail sentence suspended for two years.

He was also put on the sex offenders register for 15 years and given a sexual harm prevention order for the same duration, as well as being ordered to attend a 30-day rehabilitation court, perform 200 hours of community service and told to pay £500 costs.

A charge of attempting to commit an offence of meeting a child following sexual grooming was left to lie on file.