January 2021

Paedophile, 29, told ’13-year-old’ to wear thong and ‘keep him a secret’ in sick chats

A twisted paedophile begged a ’13-year-old girl’ to wear a thong and keep him a secret if they were to become boyfriend and girlfriend, a court was told.

Depraved Peter McConville, 29, tried to groom a young teenager named “Sienna” on an online chat-room because he “wanted to make new friends in lockdown”, Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

The sexual predator, from Harpurhey in Manchester, spoke graphically about penetrative sex and said they should meet up — despite her telling him she as only 13.

But unbeknown to McConville, he wasn’t arranging his sick fantasy with a teenager.

He arranged to meet up with her in Manchester City Centre but was instead arrested as he had been speaking with an undercover police officer.

The beast has now been jailed for two years and two months

Prosecutor Mark Kellet told the court how McConville chatted with the “girl” on online app Kik Finder between June 25 and July 29 last year.

“A police officer made an account on Kik Finder. The profile said the girl’s name was Sienna, she was 13 and lived in Manchester,” Mr Kellet said.

“The profile said she was looking for friends but did not want ‘any dirty chats’.”

After a brief period of chatting, and being told the girl was only 13, McConville asked to see a picture of Sienna.

He then asked if she wanted to see his penis, and suggested that she could perform sexual acts on him, the prosecutor said.

Mr Kellet went on: “He asked her to wear a thong if they met and he then talked in graphic detail about penetrative sex.”

Before arranging to meet, McConville told Sienna: “If I do get to be your boyfriend you have to keep it a secret.”

He said it was to do with the age difference because he could “get into trouble”, the court was told.

On July 29, McConville travelled into Manchester city centre. He believed he was meeting Sienna but was arrested by police when he arrived.

McConville pleaded guilty to one charge of facilitating or arranging the commission of a child sexual offence. He was jailed for two years and two months.

He was also made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will be made to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.

Sentencing, Judge Michael Leeming said: “I am sure that your intention was to engage in penetrative sexual activity with a girl that you believed to be 13.”