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‘Hardworking’ consultant started sending sexual messages to underage girls online after ‘lull in work’
A consultant bored during a “lull in work” started sending sexual messages to underage girls, a court heard.
Daniel Atter, 37, had been in a long-term relationship with a woman his own age but was exchanging messages with a 15-year-old girl and telling her he wanted to have sex with her and her stepsister.
Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard disgraced Atter told the girl, who sent him pictures of herself and her sibling, he “wished she was older” while he also sent lewd messages to a 14-year-old who also sent him sexual images.
The court heard Atter was questioned by police in December 2017 after they seized a laptop, tablet, and USB stick from his home
At the time the defendant was said to have told officers: “I haven’t got illegal images or anything like that.”
Officers later found more than 1,000 images, of varying degrees, on the devices.
It was also discovered Atter had been talking to young girls in chat rooms and via the Kik messaging app.
Between May 2017 and November 2017 there was a conversation with a teenager who told the defendant she was 15. The court was told she sent him some pictures of her and her stepsister.
Prosecutor Dean Pulling said: “The conversation becomes sexual with the defendant asking for sexy pictures.”
Mr Pulling added: “He also talks about having sex with both her and her step-sister.”
Another conversation was also discovered between the defendant and a girl from Oxfordshire who was 14 at the time.
These conversations progressed from December 2016 to December 2017 but the court was told messages weren’t constant throughout that period.
Mr Pulling told the court Atter told her he’d like to see her “dressed as a schoolgirl” and revealed they had discussed meeting at a hotel.
“He asked her if she was on the pill,” Mr Pulling added. He said Atter referred to himself as “daddy” and told the victim he wanted to take her virginity.
Atter, of Montpellier Park in Llandrindod Wells, Powys, pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children, attempting to sexually communicate with a child, and causing or inciting a girl between the age of 13 and 15 to engage in sexual activity.
Sentencing him on Tuesday Judge Peter Heywood said the offending had “led to a breakdown” in the home life of one of his victims.
“You are clearly a man of professional standing and it’s sad to see a man of your calibre in the dock of this crown court,” he said.
Atter was jailed for 21 months and must register as a sex offender for the next 10 years.