July 2018

This paedophile drove 80 miles to meet schoolgirl, 14, for sex…

A paedophile who drove nearly 80 miles to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex while awaiting sentence for other offences has now been jailed for more than five years.

Ian Robinson groomed his victim via an internet chatroom and messaging app before making the journey to Bradford to have sex with her.

But the 57-year-old was instead arrested by police who found a bottle of lubrication and a blanket in his car.

Bradford Crown Court heard he was detained in February just two weeks before he was due to appear in court for child sex offences.

The defendant, formerly of Stanier Close, Crewe, had come to the attention of police when he tried to encourage what he believed to be a 15-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity and even sent sickening videos of himself in December 2016.

But he was actually communicating with a fellow pervert via a mobile phone messaging app.

The other paedophile – a 54-year-old man from Essex – was being investigated by Surrey Police.

When officers arrested him at his Chelmsford home on April 4 last year Cheshire Police were made aware his online contact with Robinson.

Detectives raided Robinson’s home weeks later on May 18 and his mobile phone was seized and analysis uncovered indecent images of children and sexual messages with a 15-year-old girl.

He was due to be sentenced at Chester Crown Court in February this year when he was arrested in Bradford.

Now the defendant has been sentenced to five years and four months in prison.

Judge Dixon told him: “You are a dangerous man who has been happily roaming around the internet looking for young girls.

“When giving your evidence] you have attempted to backtrack, lie, blame alcohol and mislead the court. You are a deceptive man.

“You have a genuine paedophilic interest and are a very real risk of sexual harm to children.”

Following his arrest Robinson had pleaded guilty to three charges of attempting to cause or incite a girl aged 13 to 15 in sexual activity; two counts of making an indecent photograph or pseudo-photograph of a child; engaging in sexual communication with a child and attempting to cause a child aged 13 to 15 to watch or look at an image of sexual activity.

But when he was detained a second time, he denied charges of meeting a child following sexual grooming and attempting to cause or incite a girl aged 13 to 15 in sexual activity.

However, he was found guilty following a trial and was sentences for all nine offences.

On top of the prison sentence Robinson was given a lifelong sexual harm prevention order and was made to forfeit all the devices he used to try to communicate with children.