April 2021

Pervert sent sex messages to ‘teenagers’ – but one of them wasn’t what she seemed

A pervert who sent sex messages to underage girls but was snared by an undercover cop has been spared jail.

Robert Gilliatt thought he was contacting a 14-year-old via the Kik messenger service in November 2019.

However, it turned out to be an undercover officer, Caernarfon Crown Court heard.

When police investigated, they found he had contacted another three girls he thought were aged between 14 and 15, sending them sexual messages.

A mobile phone also contained search items “displaying your sexual interest in children”, said Judge Huw Rees, who added that attempts to deny that interest were “wholly unrealistic”.

Gilliatt, 27, of Hewitt Close, Penrhyn Bay, Conwy, admitted seven offences, which included attempting to incite girls to engage in sexual activity, attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and attempting to incite a girl to engage in sexual activity.

Three other not guilty pleas were allowed to lie on file.

Judge Rees said: “In total you contacted four girls, believing them to be under 16 years of age.

“The fact that no harm was done was through no credit or action on your behalf.”

Judge Rees sentenced Gilliatt to 12 months for the most serious offence of attempting to incite a girl to engage in sexual activity, with sentences of three to five months for the other offences, which will run concurrent.

The sentences were suspended for 24 months.

Gilliatt was given an 80 day rehabilitation activity requirement (RAR), a programme requirement with 45 sessions and was ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work.

Judge Rees also gave the defendant a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) for 10 years and ordered him to register on the sex offenders register (SOR) for 10 years.

The forfeiture and destruction of the mobile phone was ordered and Gilliatt must pay a £149 victim surcharge.