Clacton dad-of-four who sent images of his penis to a ’13-year-old girl’ is sentenced
A man who sent images of his penis to who he thought was a 13-year-old girl has been given a community order.
Scott Williams-Clarke, 35, from Clacton, appeared at Chelmsford Crown court yesterday (January 26) after he asked a ‘girl’ to send him naked pictures and sent her three pictures of his penis.
He was caught in a snare when he was approached by a fake profile set up by paedophile hunting group, Internet Interceptors.
The undercover profile posed as a 13-year-old girl called Erica when it was approached by the defendant.
They discussed meeting up before he sent three images of his penis.
He was confronted at his home address by the group who then phoned the police.
When arrested by police, he made full admission in his police interview and pleaded guilty to the charge on January 3.
Mitigating lawyer, Kevin Toomey, said: “He does not seek do excuse his behaviour despite having depression and a brain tumour. He said: ‘It is my fault, I will take whatever punishment given to me.’
“He has been filmed and that has been put online and it had come to the attention of his four children who are aged between 8-13 years old.”
Mr Toomey goes onto say the dad-of-four is now estranged from his children because his ex-partner saw the footage and that he has endured a lot of abuse from people since the incident.
Sentencing William-Clarke, Judge Turner said: “The only crumb of comfort in this disgraceful situation is that there is no real 13-year-old child called Erica who has had to look at three pictures of your penis.
“I’m not sure what you were thinking when you got in touch with this individual, who appeared to be a child or what you thought you were doing when you sent her the pictures you did.
“I have no doubt at all that that you did this for some sort of perverted and unacceptable sexual pleasure.
“Internet Interceptors set themselves up to catch people like you online and confronted you at your home address and footage was taken. It has been put on the Internet and this has now been put on Facebook in a group called ‘Spotted in Clacton’.
“Your ex-wife and children have found out about this which has I’m sure caused disappointment and distress to them.
“I must think of the public first and you second and punish you in a constructive way.”
Judge Turner handed him a two year community order, ordered him to carry out 140 hours of unpaid work and pay £300.
He was also given a sexual harm prevention order for years and was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for five years.