November 2017

Pervert tried to persuade ‘father’ to sexually abuse his four-month-old daughter

A man who tried to persuade a ‘father’ to sexually abuse his four-month-old daughter so he could watch over the internet has been jailed.

‘Depraved’ Nathan Potter, 31, had been commenting on an internet chat room when an undercover police officer came across his comments.

He joined in the conversation, after becoming concerned, in August last year and said he was the father of a four-month-old girl – who did not really exist.

During subsequent chats, Potter tried to persuade him to remove the baby’s nappy and sexually abuse her.

As a result, Potter was traced and arrested, and on his computer officers found more than 270 indecent images of children across all three categories of seriousness.

There were 226 in category A, showing children being subjected to penetrative sex acts, 104 in category B of children involved in non-penetrative sex acts, and 44 in category C of children in naked or indecent poses.

Potter, of Nuneaton, Warks, pleaded guilty to attempting to encourage or incite the sexual abuse of a child under the age of 13.

He also admitted three charges of possessing indecent images of children, and was jailed for 16 months at Warwick Crown Court on Thursday.

He was also ordered to register as a sex offender for an indefinite period, but for a minimum of ten years, and made subject to a sexual harm prevention order until further notice.

Sentencing Potter, Judge Andrew Lockhart QC said: “I find myself absolutely unable to suspend the sentence.”