January 2021

Wrexham man caught out by paedophile hunters avoids jail

A Wrexham man who was caught out as a predator by decoy children has avoided jail.

Adrian Povey, 45, of Offa Street in Wrexham, appeared at Mold Crown Court on January 6 for attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

Prosecution counsel Simon Mintz said in February last year volunteers who ‘regard themselves as paedophile hunters’, posed as young girls online.

Povey contacted who he believed to be a 14-year-old and sent her a picture of a ‘man’s groin’ wearing underwear.

Mr Mintz told the court he gave the 14-year-old personal details and engaged in sexual conversation with her.

The court heard how Povey would ask the decoy to ‘take her dressing gown off’ and send pictures.

Mr Mintz said Povey sent her sexual images and the chat became ‘highly sexualised in nature’ as he called her ‘fit as ****’.

He also ‘made explicit reference to sexual intercourse’ and said he wanted to do ‘role play as her daddy’.

In June, the court heard how he became distressed and blocked her on Facebook and ‘apologised’ and ‘asked her to prove she was not a decoy’.

However, by then he had ‘provided enough details for the group to locate him’, which they did on June 17.

Mr Mintz said the volunteers of the group attended Povey’s home in Johnstown and the police were called.

He told the court how he ‘admitted’ he was talking to an underage girl and said he initially thought she was an adult.

The court heard how Povey had lost his employment following these offences but is now in full-time work again.

Judge Niclas Parry said Povey ‘groomed’ the girl, who he believed to have been 14.

He added the then-44-year-old asked her to undress and send images and the engagement developed into ‘highly sexual engagement’.

Judge Parry went on to say Povey would ‘now understand conduct such as this results in significant psychological harm in young children’ and in an age of social media, courts ‘must do everything possible’ to protect those children.  

He added the mitigation was that although sexual activity was ‘incited’, it did not take place and ‘mercifully there was no victim and no harm was actually caused’.

When sentencing, Judge Parry said he accepted Povey was ‘genuinely remorseful’ and the offending was ‘committed entirely out of character’.

The court heard how Povey had to ‘move home and lost his employment’ but has a ‘good work ethic’.

Judge Parry took into consideration the global pandemic which would make custodial sentences ‘more onerous’.

Povey was sentenced to four-months imprisonment which was suspended for two-years. He must also carry out 80-hours of unpaid work and rehabilitation activity.

A Sexual harm prevention order was also made.