January 2018

Paedophile planned to gag seven-year-old in hotel room and sexually abuse her

A paedophile made plans to meet a seven-year-old girl in a hotel room, gag her, and commit “gross sexual abuse”.

Married father-of-two Brett Jenkins, 35, was caught by an undercover police officer following a month of sexually explicit conversations on Skype.

Sentencing at Cardiff Crown Court, Judge Michael Fitton QC said the discussions were “graphic”.

The court heard the offending occurred between October and November last year.

Jason Howells, prosecuting, said the defendant engaged in conversation online with an undercover police officer using the name Scott.

Prosecutors said “Scott” stated he had a seven-year-old stepdaughter called Amy – who did not exist.

The court heard on October 23 Jenkins asked if Scott could take Amy to a hotel so they could abuse her.

Mr Howells said the defendant suggested a hotel in Reading or Swindon and also suggested they should use a gag.

Prosecutors said Jenkins, from Caerphilly, asked for photographs of the child and referred to conversations he had with other people who “let him down”.

The court heard the undercover officer reiterated “Amy” was seven and the defendant again asked for pictures of her.

On November 6 Jenkins asked if the man could come to Cardiff with his stepdaughter and said he was looking forward to taking her virginity.

The defendant stated he had booked a room in a hotel just off the M4 and the conversations then “tailed off”.

Police searched his home in Cwmcarn on November 17 and seized his tablet, which was examined by the high-tech crime unit.

Jenkins told officers he was not sure if he was talking to a paedophile or a paedophile hunter.

He stated he engaged in the conversations because he was “bored” – an explanation that was rejected by the judge.

The defendant said he had no intention of meeting the girl and denied booking a hotel, stating he was not sexually interested in children.

He accepted the conversation had taken place and said he felt “repulsed” looking back at it.

Jenkins, from Newport Road in Cwmcarn, admitted intentionally arranging the commission of sexual activity with a child.

Judge Fitton noted the conversations were “graphic” and “explicit” but that no real child was involved.

Jenkins was jailed for 27 months and the judge made a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Gwent Police refused to supply a picture of Jenkins following his sentencing.

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