June 2018

Paedophile convinced girl to send sickening photos of herself – then tried to prostitute her to other men

A paedophile who tried to prostitute a schoolgirl out to other men has been jailed.

Adam Banks, from Wigan, first contacted his underage victim on social media and later convinced her to send ‘sickening’ photos of herself for his ‘disgusting sexual gratification’, detectives said.

After the messages got more explicit, Banks, 33, then encouraged the girl to sell her sexual services, which he said he could arrange.

He constantly contacted the girl, offering her money as an incentive, police said.

When Banks convinced the victim to send him inappropriate images, he texted men offering her to them.

One one occasion, Banks met up with her in his car and told her he arranged for her to see four men later in the week.

Someone close to the victim passed on their suspicions over what was happening to police and officers were able to step in before Banks could move further.

He was later arrested in Leeds and his home was raided by police officers in Hindley Green, Wigan.

Detectives seized his phone, which helped to uncover the true extent of his crimes.

Banks pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to two counts of arranging the sexual exploitation of a child, three counts of distributing indecent images of a child and one count of making (downloading) an indecent image of a child.

He was handed a two year and eight month prison sentence by a judge at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court on Monday, June 11.

Banks, of Atherton Road, Wigan, has also been given a ten year sexual harm prevention order.