September 2019

Pervert intended to abuse schoolgirl

A pervert who travelled to Essex with sex toys, chocolate and girl’s underwear with the intention of committing sexual offences against a schoolgirl has been jailed for three years.

Martin Latimer booked a hotel room and travelled to Pitsea on April 27, 2019 believing he was going to meet a 13-year-old girl he had been chatting to online.

Instead he was arrested and later charged with three child sexual offences.

Latimer, 36, of Connaught Road, Hove, East Sussex, pleaded guilty to facilitating and arranging a child sex offence, causing a child to watch a sexual act and engaging a child in sexual chat at Basildon Crown Court on 28 May this year.

He was sentenced at the same court on Wednesday September 4.

A month prior to his arrest, Latimer befriended who he believed to be a 13-year-old girl online.

Over the course of five weeks, he engaged in sexual conversation with her and sent naked photographs and videos of himself performing sexual acts.

He booked and paid for a bed and breakfast and travelled to Pitsea by train carrying a bag containing sex toys, chocolate and an unopened packet of girls’ underwear.

The child was actually an undercover police officer

Latimer was arrested at The Nazeing, Basildon by officers from the Police Online Investigation Team.