October 2017

Pervert caught meeting girl, 14, by undercover policeman

A pervert has been jailed after being caught by an undercover police officer trying to meet a schoolgirl for sex.

Barham Hussein started chatting dating app Badoo, to what he thought was a 14-year-old.

However the 21-year-old was actually messaging an undercover police officer, who was using a profile for a fictional teenager called Needay.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Hussein, who is an asylum seeker living in Newcastle’s West End after moving from Iraq in 2014, chatted to the ‘girl’ for seven days.

During the week-long period he asked to meet up and for her to send him pictures of herself.

And when ‘Needay’ asked what would happen if they met, Hussein sent a message back saying ‘Sex’, prosecutors said.

Hussein, who needed an interpreter in court, forwarded a relative some of the messages in order for them to be translated.

The court heard he was under no doubt the girl he was chatting to was only 14.

Hussein, of Strathmore Crescent, Benwell, was later jailed for 13 months after he pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.

Paul Currer, prosecuting, said the undercover police officer first logged onto Badoo under the name of Needay on January 27 last year.

He said: ‘At 1.48pm, the officer received a private message that simply said ‘Hey’. The message was sent by this defendant, who provided his name as Bar.

‘The defendant then sent another message to Needay’s account asking if she was OK. But, by the time this message was sent, the officer had logged-off duty and didn’t have the opportunity to respond to it.

‘In the days that followed, there was contact between the officer’s and the defendant’s account, on seven further days.

‘It was the content of these conversations that the Crown says amounts to the defendant committing this offence.’

The court was told that, during the course of the messages, Hussein repeatedly asked the girl to come to his house and gave her his address. He then asked how old she was, despite it being clear on her profile, and, when she told him she was 14, he replied: ‘You’re still young but just want to have a good time together’.

The prosecutor added: ‘The defendant would ask her to meet him and would also ask that she send him photos of herself.

‘He also sent messages requesting Needay to send him her mobile number, so he could talk to her directly and they could get to know each other.

‘In later messages, the defendant started putting kisses at the end of each message and referred to Needay as “Baby”.’

After the seven days, police launched an investigation and Hussein was arrested.

He denied any wrongdoing in interview and initially pleaded not guilty to attempting to meet a girl following grooming but later changed his plea.

Locking him up, Judge Robert Adams said: ‘I cannot suspended it [the sentence]. The profile made it clear from the outset the child was 14.

‘At no stage were you misled about her age. You had the assistance of somebody translating for you and, worryingly, you have no insight or empathy with the person who could have been the victim.’

Hussein was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years and was made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for a decade.

 

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