November 2018

Chester Zoo worker has jailed for attempting to sexually exploit children online

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A Chester Zoo worker has today been jailed for one year for attempting to sexually exploit children online.

Craig Warr, 41, of Upton in Chester, was handed a 12 month jail sentence following an appearance at Chester Crown Courttoday (Friday, November 2).

Warr, who worked as an assistant in Chester Zoo’s animal supplies team, had earlier pleaded guilty to four counts of attempted sexual communication with a child and four counts of attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act.

The charges were made in relation to messages sent between June 2018 and October 2018, when Warr made online relationships with what he believed to be four girls under the age of 13.

In each separate instance Warr had contacted the girls through Kik, a social media platform.

He used false profile names including Jay Write, Jaywrite1, Boredjay, Moonstar (DayandNight1066) and Jay Jay.

Warr then groomed the girls, ‘making them feel special’ in order to gain their trust and coerce them into engaging in sexual activity.

The girls he believed he was grooming were in fact undercover police officers from the South West, West Midlands and Eastern Regional Organised Crime Units.

Warr was subsequently arrested on Thursday, October 4 following a raid on his home on Flag Lane North in Upton.

As well as a 12 month prison sentence Warr was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and given a 10 year sexual harm prevention order.