February 2018

Predatory paedophile told schoolgirl: ‘I’ll send you a postcard from prison’

Predatory paedophile Lee Maidment told a schoolgirl he would ‘send her a postcard from prison’ after she confessed to teachers that they had exchanged sexual messages.

The 39-year-old sent the teenager photographs of his genitals after they met through a social media site.

He even got a train to try to meet the 15-year-old before she got cold feet.

And when the victim admitted she had told school staff about their relationship, Maidment pleaded with her not to contact police because he would be ‘beaten in prison for being a child molester’.

However, the authorities were contacted and when officers searched his home in Neville Street, Oakhill, they discovered 132 indecent images of children, some as young as three, and five videos.

Now the defendant has been jailed for two years and nine months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

Prosecutor Ben Lawrence told the court Maidment met his victim on social media and eventually requested naked pictures before attempting to meet her in person.

He added: “On two occasions he tried to meet the girl, on the first occasion she was travelling on a train from the north of England and he travelled from Stoke to catch the same train.

“On the second occasion she said she lost her phone and he offered to meet up and give her his old one. He then told her he would like to have sex with her when she was 16.”

The court heard the girl told Maidment she had been speaking to her teacher about their relationship and he asked if he should expect a ‘knock on the door’.

Mr Lawrence added: “He asked if the police were now involved. And then sent her a message saying he would send her a postcard from prison and another saying ‘I will get beaten daily in prison for being a child molester’.”

Maidment pleaded guilty to meeting a child following sexual grooming; six offences of making indecent photos of a child; possessing indecent photographs of a child; possessing extreme pornographic images; and doing an act intending to pervert the course of public justice.

As well as the prison sentence, Maidment was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order and was placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.