March 2021

Sex offender exposed after asking police officer who posed as a child for images

A man who asked a police officer he believed to be a 12-year-old boy to send sexually explicit photographs has been sentenced.

Michael Rogers, 26, was arrested by Nottinghamshire Police’s Paedophile Online Investigation team after striking up an online conversation with an undercover officer in July 2019.

He engaged in sexualised conversations with the ‘boy’, who he believed to be 12 years-old, and asked for an explicit image to be sent to him.

Officers arrested Rogers, of Valeside Gardens, Colwick, and seized and searched a range of electronic devices.

They found around 70 indecent images of children, ten of which were rated as Category A – a classification reserved for the most serious acts of sexual abuse perpetrated against children.

Rogers told officers that he’d send his initial message out of curiosity and instantly regretted what he had done.

He later admitted to charges of attempting to engage in sexual communications with a child, making indecent images of children, and possessing a prohibited image of a child.

The charges of making indecent images related to the act of saving explicit material onto his electronic devices.

Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday (9 March) was handed a two year community order and will have to attend 60 rehabilitation sessions.

He will also be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for a period of five years, which will strictly limit his on-line activities and give police officers the power to make regular checks on his behaviour.

He was also added to the sexual offences register for a period of five years.