August 2020

Ex-club DJ wanted sex with boys

A pervert’s efforts to find boys on the internet he could use for his perverted urges has been foiled by an undercover detective.

Glen Battensby, 62, believed he was about to meet a 12-year-old boy and take him away to have sexual activity with him as he waited outside Morrison’s Acomb supermarket with a Haribo pack and chocolates, York Crown Court heard.

He didn’t know the person he had promised the sweets for in return for sexual favours was a police officer posing as a schoolboy on the internet.

He was arrested at the meeting place he had set up and on his phone detectives found details of the meeting he had set up a few days earlier in Harrogate for sexual activity with someone claiming to be a 15-year-old boy.

Battensby, a former long-serving Leeds club DJ, of Parsons Green, Wetherby, pleaded guilty to two charges each of attempting to meet a child for sexual activity, sexual communication with a child and attempting to incite a child to perform a sex act.

All the offences were committed between February 27 and March 13.

He was jailed for three and a half years.

He was also put on the sex offenders register and made subject to a sexual harm prevention order and barred from working with children, all for life.