February 2015

Police use fake on-line teen profile to catch paedophile

A MAN who thought he was sending sexual messages to a 13-year-old girl and asking her to send him naked photographs was actually in contact with a police officer, a court has heard.

Investigators had created a fake on-line profile for a young girl called “Lucy” to try to catch offenders which David Andrew Williams began to interact with.

Within a week of first making contact, Williams began sending messages to “Lucy” asking if she wanted sex, if she wanted to see pictures of his penis and whether she could send photographs of herself and friends — despite “Lucy” telling him how old she was

The messaging led to a police raid on Williams’s house in Caecoed, Llandybie, Ammanford during which officers seized a computer on which was found 26 indecent images featuring children.

Swansea Crown Court heard that six of the images were in category A, and that some of the pictures featured “very young children” and one child who was “clearly in distress”.

Williams had previously pleaded guilty to four counts of attempting to incite a person under 16 to engage in sexual activity — charges relating to the messages — and 18 counts of possessing indecent images when he appeared for sentencing.

The court heard that Williams has an autism spectrum disorder and also has the co-ordination disorder dispraxia.

Frank Phillips, in mitigation, said Williams had “mental scars” from experiences during his childhood, and that the online sex offences were “totally out of character”.

He added: “There is a correlation between the defendant’s autism and the offences.”

Recorder Christopher Clee QC said that while autism was not a justification for what had happened, “there was some explanation in the diagnosis”.

Williams was given a six month prison sentence suspended for 18 months with a supervision order. He was also put on the sex offenders register for seven years and made the subject of a seven-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order.