March 2021

Child sex offender caught out by CCTV as he topped up credit on phone he used in crimes

A man was today jailed for sexual offences against a “12-year-old girl” who was really a decoy from a child protection group.

Andrew Cuckson had tried to avoid detection by keeping out of camera shot in his bedroom in a video call to the “girl”.

But he was caught on a Post Office CCTV camera topping up the credit on his phone.

A judge told Cuckson at Mold Crown Court his offending had been “persistent”.

Cuckson, of Smithfield Road, Denbigh, had denied 22 child sex offences but he had been convicted by a jury of them all at a trial on January 21, the court heard.

The 53-year-old appeared in the dock today and was sentenced for two leading charges of attempting to incite a child under 13 to engage in penetrative sexual activity.

The court heard that between September 22, 2018 and May 27, 2019 Cuckson thought he was communicating online with a 12-year-old girl called Alisha. But it was a woman from KKS Wales, (Keeping Kids Safe) acting as a decoy.

They were on numerous platforms but then went onto WhatsApp.

The Recorder Dyfed Llion Thomas said all the conversations were sexualised.

He said Cuckson asked the “girl” to strip, expose herself in photos and fantasised about what he would do to her if they met.

The judge said Cuckson invited the “girl” to a video call but with a “degree of cunning” stayed out of sight of the camera. But he was later spotted on a Post Office CCTV camera topping up the credit on his phone.

But the offending became even more serious when on December 23, 2018 and January 8, 2019 he asked her to perform a sex act on herself.

Jailing him for four years, the judge also imposed three-year, concurrent sentences on each of five charges of inciting a child under 13 to engage in non-penetrative sexual activity.

He was also given one-year, concurrent jail terms for 11 counts of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child under 13.

And he was given 18 months jail for each of three counts of attempting to incite a child to look at images of sexual activity. All will run concurrently to the main four year jail term.