April 2021

Daventry paedophile spent months messaging ‘teenage girl’ who turned out to be police officer

A Daventry paedophile was caught after the 13-year-old girl he thought was messaging online for months turned out to be a police officer.

David Enright, of Monksmoor Park, was sentenced to two years in prison in 2011 after he was convicted of attempting to arrange a sexual offence against a child, as well as possessing indecent images.

As a result, he was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life and made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.

But at Northampton Crown Court yesterday (April 7), a judge told the 52-year-old that he had “clearly not learned his lesson.”

Her Honour Judge Adrienne Lucking said: “It would seem that even though it was 10 years ago you clearly haven’t learned your lesson. Because here we are again.”

Over a period of five months in 2020, Enright had been repeatedly messaging what he believed was a 13-year-old girl.

But on the day of his arrest, he was informed the girl was in fact an undercover police officer tasked with drawing out potential offenders.

Her Honour Judge Adrienne Lucking said in sentencing: “You made some extremely distasteful comments to this ‘child’. They were extremely inappropriate and you knew that.

“Your communications did not extend to you attempting to make contact with this ‘girl’. I can assure you if it did you would today go immediately to prison.”

In his police interview, Enright immediately admitted to the messages and later pleaded guilty to attempting sexual communications with a person under 16.

He was handed a 12 month prison sentence suspended for two years and ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to complete the “Horizons” sexual harm rehabilitation course.