February 2021

Paedophile threatened to rape and kidnap schoolgirl on Instagram

A paedophile threatened to rape and kidnap a 12-year-old girl on Instagram.

Christopher Wildman also asked the schoolgirl for pictures of herself and said he wanted her to dress up in costumes.

The 46-year-old was spared an immediate jail sentence after appearing at Liverpool Crown Court this morning.

The pervert tried to deny an offence of engaging in sexual communication with a child, but eventually admitted that he had sent the ‘alarming’ messages.

Peter Killen, prosecuting, explained the offence took place over two to three months ending in October 2018.

Mr Killen told the court the girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was first contacted by Wildman on Instagram where he used the fake name R. Haydock.

In the girl’s profile picture she was wearing a school uniform, Mr Killen explained.

She said at first Wildman was “nice” and “called her babe” before sending some “kinky pictures of half naked girls and commenting he wished to do that sort of thing to her”, indicating he wanted her to dress up in costumes.

Mr Killen detailed how Wildman also said he would “like to kidnap her” and said “I would rape you”.

He added: “In another he said he would like to undress her.”

The court heard how he told the girl he was 40 and knew she was 12 at the time when he asked her to send him a picture which she refused to do.

Wildman also “asked if she had watched pornography” and asked her if she had performed sex acts.

Mr Killen said the girl blocked him and unblocked him, and had him listed on her contacts as ‘pedo’ [sic].

The girl later informed her parents who contacted police and after enquiries with internet providers Wildman was identified as the owner of the account and arrested in May 2019.

He was interviewed and made no comment before being interviewed again in October the same year, where he also made no comment.

In a victim personal statement the girl said she has had “time to reflect” on what happened and said it has had an impact on her socialising as she “felt she missed out with friendships” and “found things a bit difficult”.

Mr Killen, reading the statement, said: “Initially she felt depressed but feels like she is getting better with each month that passes.”

The court heard the girl also “struggles with some anxiety” and has become more anxious since the offence.

Mr Killen explained: “When she started getting the messages she didn’t take them seriously. Looking back now she realises it is more serious and didn’t really understand what it was all about”.

Jonathan Rogers represented Wildman in court.

Wildman, of Windleshaw Road, St Helens, has no previous convictions.

Judge Garrett Byrne, sentencing, described the messages as “disgusting”, adding that some were “quite alarming – when you said you would kidnap and rape her”.

The judge cited the messages had a “lasting impact” on the girl who experienced “social anxiety”, “isolation” and “depression”.

Judge Byrne said: “In your favour, however, no photographs were sent despite you asking for one, there was no discussion about meeting up, it’s now a somewhat historic case and you haven’t reoffended, you have no previous convictions and you pleaded guilty.”

The judge said that although the offence crosses the custody threshold he would “pull back” from imposing an immediate custodial sentence.

Wildman was handed a nine month sentence suspended for 18 months.

He must also complete 60 Rehabilitation Activity Requirements and 60 hours of unpaid work.

Wildman will also be required to adhere to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years, and an indefinite restraining order preventing him from approaching the school or home of his victim was also imposed.