April 2021

Blackpool sex offender jailed after being snared by undercover cops posing as children online

A ‘dangerous’ man has been jailed after sending sexual messages to undercover cops posing as children online.

John Kenny used online platforms to engage in “depraved sexual conversations” with people he thought were children, or the parents of children he wished to abuse, police said.

But the 30-year-old was subsequently arrested after he failed to realise he was actually taking to undercover law enforcement officers.

Kenny, 30, of Watson Road, Blackpool, admitted offences of arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence, attempting to cause a child to watch or look at an image of sexual activity and attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.

He was jailed for four years with an extended licence of three years after appearing at Preston Crown Court