Judge Garrett Byrne, rejected that argument, citing a pre-sentence report that said Picken “remains in denial” about his sexual interest in children and that this had been a “theme” since 2015.
Judge Byrne said the “wellbeing of the child is furthest from his mind but he continues unabated”.
He sentenced Picken, who appeared via videolink, to five years in prison, with an extra three years on licence.
Judge Byrne said: “Your counsel urges me that it’s premature to reach any determination of dangerousness.
“I’m satisfied I have enough material before me to make such an assessment and it’s in the interest of justice to proceed rather than delay any more.”