September 2018

Man sent indecent images to undercover cop he thought was 13-year-old

A pervert who thought he was sending indecent images of himself to a 13-year-old, was actually sending them to an undercover police officer, a court heard today.

Alistair Jones, 47, was locked-up for 10 months after what was branded by Judge Rhys Rowlands at Mold Crown Court as “disgusting and worrying behaviour”.

Jones of St David’s House, High Street, Mold, was caught contacting the “13-year-old girl” on a number of occasions via a teen chat website and WhatsApp social media during February this year.

He asked her to send pornographic images of herself, sent her indecent images of himself and messages including “love to see you babes” and if she liked older men?

But all along it was a police officer posing as the girl who was working as part of an operation to catch perverts seeking out children online.

Jones admitted two charges of attempting to incite a 13-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity by sending an indecent image of himself to her on February 13 and February 27.

He admitted attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child by sending messages of a sexual nature via social media to a person aged under 16 between February 6 and 28.

And he also admitted two counts of attempting to cause a 13-year-old girl to look at indecent images of him engaging in sexual activity on February 9 and February 27.

Prosecuting Karl Scholz said police visited Jones in April and his mobile phone and laptop were seized, which also showed he had a sexual interest in young girls.

“He said he believed from the chat she was 16, but it was pointed out that she had given her age as 13 at the outset,” Mr Sholz said.

Judge Rowlands said the offences were so serious he had to go to prison.

He said: “You were engaging in lurid sexual conversation with who you believed to be a child aged 13-years-old, but she didn’t exist and you were communicating with a police officer.”

Judge Rowlands added: “It was quite disgusting and worrying behaviour to seek a child out on the internet as you did and conduct yourself in this way.”

Jones was also given a sexual harm prevention order, told to register on the sex offenders list – both for seven years – and is barred from working with vulnerable adults and children.

His laptop and phone will also be destroyed.