February 2018

Paedophile arranged to meet ’14-year-old girl’ in a park after making sexually explicit remarks

A paedophile asked a chatroom user he believed to be 14 to send him photographs of herself and arranged to meet her in a park.

Simon Britton, 50, from Barry , complimented the “girl” on her profile picture and continued to chat to her, despite being told she was a child.

Cardiff Crown Court heard the defendant made “sexually explicit remarks” during the online conversation.

Sam Shepherd, prosecuting, said Britton was really communicating with a woman who was pretending to be a teenager.

He said: “She was part of a group based in Swansea who work to track and expose those involved with grooming and paedophilia.”

The court heard she set up a profile on Meet4U called Brook using a photograph of herself as a child.

Prosecutors said Britton sent her a message to say: “I love your profile pic.”

She replied: “Hi I’m Brook, I’m 14, thanks.”

The court heard Britton went on to make sexually explicit comments and described what he wanted to do to her.

He sent her three photographs of himself and asked for images of her.

Mr Shepherd told the court the defendant invited her to watch him performing a sexual act and arranged to meet her at a leisure centre in Swansea .

He did not attend and then arranged to meet her at Porthkerry Park.

Prosecutors said the woman contacted the police and Britton was traced through his Facebook page.

In his police interview, he admitted contacting the girl, but denied having any intention of meeting her.

He stated he thought she was 14 and knew he should have ended the conversation.

Britton, from Grayburn House in Jackson Quay, Barry, admitted attempting to meet a child for sexual activity. He also admitted possessing cannabis.

Judge Eleri Rees noted that no real child was involved, but told the defendant: “It seems to me that behaviour of this kind calls for an immediate term of imprisonment.”

He was jailed for 12 months and the judge imposed a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

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