September 2018

Pervert who told ’13-year-old girl’ “that’s a sexy age” AVOIDED jail

A perverted granddad who had graphic sex chats with a person he believed to be a 13-year-old girl has avoided jail.

Alan Cherry told ‘Chloe’ “that’s a sexy age” and repeatedly asked if she was wearing her school uniform.

But unfortunately for the 61-year-old, Chloe was a fake profile set up by an undercover police officer.

Merseyside Police raided his home in Claremont Road, Seaforth, where they found indecent images of children as young as three years old on his computer.

The father-of-three grown up children had a total of 218 images in all three categories – including four videos in two of the most serious categories.

The children in the photos ranged in age from three to 12, said Derek Jones, prosecuting.

He told the judge that an undercover police officers created a fake profile for a 13-year-old girl called Chloe in June 2017 and went into various chat rooms including KIK and Chatstep.

On June 5 Cherry began chatting to Chloe over a four day period.

When told she was only 13 he responded “that’s a sexy age” and told her he was 59 and they continued having chats over four days of “an overtly sexual nature.

“He told her he was horny. He repeatedly asked if she was wearing her school uniform and if she was wearing any underwear.”

herry asked her to send explicit photographs of herself and asked if she had engaged in certain perverted behaviour, said Mr Jones.

He told her he would love to be in bed with her but did not ask her to carry out any sexual acts or arrange to meet her.

On June 8, they spoke via Skype during which Cherry stripped naked and performed a sex act in front of the camera, said Mr Jones.

Police went to his home on June 14 and the indecent child abuse images were found.

Cherry, now of Akenside Court, Bootle, pleaded guilty to four offences involving downloading and possessing the child porn images and three offences of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.

Judge Rachel Smith said that Cherry had started to address his behaviour and if he was jailed he would not receive rehabilitation after his release.

She imposed a three year community order and ordered him to attend a sexual offenders treatment programme.

She also imposed a three month electronically monitored curfew between 8am – 8pm and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, restricting his contact with children, for eight years.

The judge ordered him to sign the Sex Offenders Register for the same length of time.

Judge Smith told Cherry, “This is a suspended sentence in all but name” and warned him that if he breaches the orders he will be brought back to court.