“Committed paedophile” went looking for young girls online just weeks after getting out of prison
A “committed paedophile” went looking for young girls online just weeks after getting out of prison for previous child sex offences, a court has heard.
Robert Ian Bolton secretly bought a smartphone – something he was banned from doing – and began searching for youngsters.
The dad-of-six found what he thought was a 13-year-old girl and bombarded her with hundreds of disgusting sexual messages before arranging to meet at Swansea train station for sex in a B&B.
In fact he had been conversing with members of a ‘paedophile hunter’ group.
A judge at Swansea Crown Court told Bolton he had no doubt he posed a serious risk to children and imposed an extended six-year sentence on him.
Helen Randall, prosecuting, said Bolton was jailed for 12 months at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court in January 2018 following a conviction for attempting to meet a girl under 16 following sexual grooming.
The 45-year-old was released from that sentence on December 11 but within weeks had bought a smartphone and was visiting the Meet4U site.
The prosecutor said on February 1 Bolton made contact with the profile of a 13-year-old girl called Jodie. The profile was a decoy being operated by a group to try to catch sexual offenders.
The court heard the pair began conversing and Bolton sent hundreds of sexual messages as well as sending her explicit pictures and an audio file of him performing a sex act on himself.
He also told her they could run away to Scotland together while he demanded the girl tell him she loved him and asked her to send him a Valentine’s Day card with “boyfriend” on it
Miss Randall said the decoy made it clear she was 13 but Bolton told her that he liked that and warned her not to tell anybody about the relationship or he would be sent to prison and she would be taken into care.
He also asked her intimate questions about herself and sent her “graphic details of sexual activity”.
Bolton also told her to book a B&B in Swansea and arranged to meet her at the city’s train station. But when he went to the planned rendezvous he saw a group of people he suspected were paedophile hunters and he left the scene.
The court heard when to didn’t turn up for the meeting the group went to the nearby hostel where he lived to find him. When they explained why they were there staff at the hostel called police.
Miss Randall said Bolton’s probation officer managed to find him before members of the group did and saw him fiddling with a smartphone which he subsequently dumped in a bin before being arrested.
It then emerged he had also been talking online to two other young girls who were in fact decoys being operated by the same group
Bolton, of The Strand, Swansea, admitted breaching a sexual harm prevention order, attempting to meet a girl following sexual grooming, attempting to communicate with a girl aged under 16, and attempting to communicate with a girl aged under 16 with the intention of encouraging her to make a communication that was sexual.
The court heard he had 28 previous convictions for 49 offences – mainly for violence, public order offences, and dishonesty matters. His last conviction was the sexual offence matter in Merthyr in 2018.
Judge Geraint Walters told Bolton it “beggared belief” that just weeks after being released from prison he had engaged in the “relentless and persistent” pursuit of sexual activity with children.
He said: “I have not a shadow of a doubt that you are a dangerous offender within the meaning of the legislation. You pose a significant risk to children of causing substantial harm.
“You are now a committed paedophile. I am wholly convinced that to protect the public there has to be an extended sentence in his case.
“Had there been a 13-year-old girl at the station that day willing to engage in sexual intercourse with you, you would have done so – that would be a truly wicked and most serious offence to commit against somebody so young.”
He jailed Bolton for three years and imposed an extended licence period of a further three years.
Bolton was also put on the sex offenders’ register for the rest of his life and the judge amended the existing sexual harm prevention order to run for the same period.
Online pervert sentenced for grooming child
A pervert has been sentenced after he was caught grooming a young child online.
Robert Bolton 44 from Merthyr Tydfil was arrested in December after he contacted what he believed was a 12-year-old girl. However, Bolton was infact talking to a decoy from the online child protection team ‘Welsh child protectors’
Bolton who works as a cleaner in Merthyr Tydfil, and who is a father himself, initiated the contact with the decoy who on many occasions stated she was 12-years-old.
Merthyr Crown Court was told that Bolton acknowledged her age and began sending highly sexual and explicit messages detailing sexual activity with the child.
Bolton arranged a meet with the child, but was met by members of the ‘Welsh child protectors’ who interviewed him on camera. After a short time, they rang the police and Bolton was formerly arrested.
He was charged with:
Sexual communication with a child
Meeting a child following sexual grooming
Bolton was arrested in December 2017, and later admitted his guilt to police in a interview.
Bolton was sentenced to a 12 month prison sentence of which he will serve half.
He was also placed on the sex offenders register for a period of 10 years