August 2020

Middle-aged factory worker’s secret perverted life uncovered

A middle-aged factory worker who messaged 12-year-old girls on the internet was caught out by paedophile hunters, Lincoln Crown Court was told.

Michael Baxter spent weeks messaging the accounts of what he believed were young girls before the hunter group Our Team confronted him at his workplace.

Siward James-Moore, prosecuting, said that Baxter tripped up when he messaged what turned out to be decoy accounts.

Baxter’s first contact was with an account set up in the name of a girl Shelby who told him she was 12.

His  response was to say “That’s ok if you’re ok”.

He contacted the “girl” over several months requesting that she send him a photograph and asking for her address.

Mr James-Moore said: “Over the next few weeks he repeatedly spoke about meeting her. He was saying he wanted her to be his girlfriend.

“He repeatedly asked for her mobile number and he tried to make a phone call straight to her through Facebook Messenger.

Baxter also contacted the account of someone he believed was called Jasmine who lived in Derby.

He added: “She told him she was 12 years of age. Within the first few messages he was asking her if she would go out for a meal or to the cinema.

“He persisted and he asked to meet up with her five times in total.”

Mr James-Moore said that just before Christmas 2018, Baxter contacted what he thought was a 12 year old from Worcester called Sabrina.

He suggested they meet up at McDonald’s or a cinema and told her to tell her mother she was meeting friends or bunking off school.

“Due to the concerns the decoys had about his behaviour they decided they needed to execute a sting,” the prosecutor added.

“They met the defendant at his place of work at Anwick, the police were called and he was arrested.”

Baxter, 53, of Kyme Road, Heckington, admitted three charges of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.

He was given a 12 month jail sentence suspended for two years with 30 rehabilitation activity requirement days and ordered to pay £420 prosecution costs.

He was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and given a 10 year sexual harm prevention order.