May 2018

Chelmsford paedophile wanted to get 14-year-old pregnant and then abuse their child

A Chelmsford pervert who sent naked photos of children to someone pretending to be a teenage girl wanted to get her pregnant so they could bring up and abuse their child together.

Michael Wells, 31, of Woodhall Road, messaged a decoy social media account set up by vigilante group Net Justice believing the recipient to be a 14-year-old girl by the name of Lauren. It was in fact an adult woman.

On March 20 of this year, Wells started contact between himself and the ‘girl’ on dating app ‘Jaumo’ saying “Hi there gorgeous how are you.”

The conversation quickly turned more sexual in nature despite Wells believing it was a 14-year-old he was talking to.

Carolyn Gardiner, prosecuting, told the court that Wells asked the girl whether she had ever masturbated, and to “give it a try”.

Wells also sent her indecent images of children and a photo of a male erection with a message to follow asking her to ‘enjoy’ what she was watching.

But perhaps most shocking of all was how Wells fantasised about how they would abuse their own children because “that is what makes them happy”.

He even fantasised about her and her seven-year-old sister performing sex acts on him.

Ms Gardiner said: “When she said that the images made her sad he said they were enjoying the sex.

“He told her that when they have children together that is what they would do because that is what makes them happy.”

He was eventually arrested on March 25 and has been remanded in custody ever since after he was snared by the vigilante group.

In an interview with police, he admitted that he needed help with his child pornography addiction.

Ms Gardiner added: “He said he should have left her alone but did not because of his addiction.

“He sent the pictures for his own sexual gratification and wanted to encourage her to touch herself while looking.

“He knows it is wrong and disgusting.”

Wells, who cried in the dock at Chelmsford Crown Court today (May 17), also admitted in interview that it was not the first time he had sent photos to children.

Wells admitted an additional three counts of distributing indecent images today.

Judge Charles Gratwicke, passing sentence, said: “Children are entitled to grow and develop their own sexual standards and morals, to grow up in a healthy manner and to be safeguarded from those who seek to fulfill their perverted sexual desires by depriving these children of their innocence.

“All children are entitled as soon as they come in to the world to have a childhood, and to have a childhood that is pure and not abused by individuals such as yourself.

“You clearly have had a troubled background.”

Wells was handed a two year suspended sentence and ordered to undertake 200 hours of unpaid work, as well as going on the Horizon programme to deal with his offending.

Read the full indictment here:

Count One: Attempted sexual communication with a child – six months

Count Two: Attempting to cause and incite a child in sexual activity – three months to run concurrently to count one

Count Three, Four and Five: Distributing indecent images – total of 18 months to run consecutively to counts one and two.

Total: 2 years, suspended.