Prosecutor Neil Ahuja said the team set up a fake profile of a 13-year-old girl on social media and dating site ‘Meet For You’.
Mr Ahuja said: “She was saying she was aged 13. The defendant, using his profile ‘Phillip37’, began to communicate with the profile in November.
“The communication moved to WhatsApp and the decoy communicated with him from November 5 to November 16.
“He sent messages of a sexual nature. He asked her to send nude photos of herself. She told him she was not allowed as she was only 13 and her mother would not let her.
“He also sent pictures of his genital area and asked if they could have a relationship. He told her he would teach her sex. He asked her to stay in a hotel with him and to run away with him. He frequently encouraged her to send pictures of herself.
Browne, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to attempting to arrange the commission of a child sex offence and attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act.
Recorder John Butterfield QC made Browne the subject of a five-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and placed him on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.
The judge said: “The communication lasted approximately 12 days and was sexualised in nature. You sent indecent photos, you requested indecent photos of her and you requested real world meetings.”