November 2018

Pervert caught by paedophile hunting team

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A pervert has been jailed after he was caught by paedophile hunters posing as children online.

Azher Khan, 42, from Longsight, was said to have been lonely when he went onto an internet chatroom to try to seduce two girls he thought were aged 14.

He incited them to commit sex acts and exchanged explicit messages and videos with them, begging them for sex, a court heard.

But the ‘girls’ were actually adult women working for a paedophile hunting group.

When he arranged to meet one of the girls at Sandbach services, police were called and Khan was caught.

Khan rocked backwards and forwards in the dock and appeared to be praying as details of his abuse emerged in court.

Prosecutor Justin Hayhoe told Manchester Crown Court that Khan, who had no previous convictions, was snared by a group called ‘Soul Survivors’ after an adult woman posed online as a girl of 14 called Cassie.

Khan started exchanging messages with ‘Cassie’ on an internet chatroom on June 27 this year and continued until July 31, the court heard.

“The defendant asked repeatedly to have sex with her and said that he wanted to make her pregnant,” said Mr Hayhoe.

The messages he sent were said to be ‘explicit’ and ‘hugely graphic’ while he also invited ‘Cassie’ to send pictures of herself, the court was told.

The woman who had trapped him had ‘seen enough’ and called police, telling officers about a second woman who had also had online contact with Khan while posing as another girl of 14, this time called Mollie.

Khan communicated with ‘Mollie’ for a week, sending her links to explicit videos from a website called ‘nubiles’ which demonstrated how she could perform a sex act on herself.

Messages were also exchanged using WhatsApp.

An arrangement was made to meet at Sandbach services on August 3 but police were called.

He told officers initially that he thought the girl he was talking to was aged 18 or 19.

The court heard Khan had been attacked while in prison

Judge Suzanne Goddard QC: “You are before the court for using the internet to contact girls who you thought were under 16. They both made it clear they were under 16.

“You engaged in conversations with them and you arranged to meet one of them at which point you were ousted by this group of people who engage actively in catching people such as yourself over the internet.”

The judge added: “It’s said you are deeply ashamed at your conduct. I suspect that’s because you were caught.”

Khan had refused to admit his guilt to police officers and even deflected what the judge called his ‘wickedness’ when he was interviewed by probation officers for a report ahead of the sentencing hearing.

“I have considered whether I can impose an alternative to custody but it’s clear from the authorities that these offences are s serious that an immediate custodial sentence is imposed,” the judge told Khan, sentencing to 12 months in prison.

He was also handed a five-year sexual harm prevention order and must sign the sex offenders’ register for ten years.

Khan, of Hopkins Street in Longsight, pleaded guilty to six counts of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and one charge of attempting to meet a child for sexual grooming.

He looked over at his family members who smiled at him as he was led away to begin his sentence.

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