March 2018

Pervert tries to talk to 13-year-old girl online, only to find she’s not who he thought

A man tried to start a sexual conversation with a 13-year-old girl only to find out that ‘Chloe’ was an undercover police officer.

Lee Davenport admitted what he had done and was ordered to hand over all his devices that could connect to the internet.

But when the police went to his home they found two phones and a Playstation 4 console.

The 30-year-old, of Newton Road, Odstone, near Twycross, appeared at Warwick Crown Court to be dealt with for a series of offences.

Prosecutor Simon Phillips said that in November last year Davenport was arrested for engaging in sexual communication online with someone he believed to be a 13-year-old girl.

Unknown to him until his arrest, when the police also seized his computers, ‘Chloe’ was in fact an under-cover child protection officer.

Davenport pleaded guilty to attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child, for which he was given an eight-month suspended sentence in January.

He was also made subject to a sexual harm prevention order which included a requirement to inform his offender manager of any internet-capable devices he obtained.

A month after being sentenced he assured his offender manager he did not have any such devices, and that his mobile phone was only capable of making calls.

But when the police then went to his home on February 27 they found two smart phones and a Playstation 4 console which was also capable of connecting to the internet.

By then officers had also been able to examine the two computers they had seized in November.

On them they found:

  • 116 videos and 181 still images classed as being in category A, the most extreme

  • 21 movies and 222 stills in category B

  • 50 category C movies and 1,870 stills

Mr Phillips said that among the worst of the images was a category A movie of a man raping a baby boy.

Recorder Tom Rochford told Davenport: “You come before the court to be sentenced for three offences of the possession of indecent images and the breach of a sexual harm prevention order.

“On the 30 of November you were arrested for attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child who turned out to be an under-cover police officer, and you computers were seized.

“You were sentenced on the 26 of January, and it was perhaps unfortunate that at that stage the images had not been uncovered.

“In the normal course of events, you would have been sentenced for the images at the same time, but there is now the further aggravating feature that you have breached the sexual offences prevention order.”

He was sentenced to 16 months in custody.