May 2021

Pervert caught on camera in Derby as he admits messaging ’14-year-old girl’

A Derby man sent indecent pictures of himself to what he thought was a teenage girl on social media.

Jason Potter told the girl he thought she was “sexy” after contacting her profile on Facebook in June 2019.

The 37-year-old went on to ask her to show pictures of her breasts despite the fact the girl told him she was 14 years old.

However, Potter continued to message the profile, which was secretly being run by a paedophile hunting group.

He was subsequently confronted by members of the group in Chaddesden who filmed his confession and handed the evidence to the police and he was then charged.

Julie King, prosecuting, told Derby Crown Court that Potter had come to the attention of the group when he messaged the fake Facebook profile.

The account claimed to be that of a 14-year-old girl called Kayleigh, but was actually run by someone from a group called Child Online Safety Team.

Ms King said it was “a girl who plainly looks about around the age of 14”.

“He [Potter] contacted that decoy on that page on June 12, 2019.”

After exchanging brief greetings, the girl said she was 14 years old and in response Potter said he was 20.

“He asked if she would like to video chat or voice call,” Ms King said.

When she refused and said she was in bed, he asked her to send a picture of herself to him. She told him there were pictures on her Facebook.

He then complimented her, saying “I’m sorry to say this but you’re so sexy and have big boobs”.

He then contacted her again and asked once again to video chat, before asking if she wanted to see his penis.

“She said ‘am I allowed?’ and he responded with a photo of his penis,” Ms King said.

“She said it was ugly and strange. He said ‘show me your boobs’.”

He continued to send messages asking for pictures of the girl, and messaged her again the next day.

Following this members of the group were able to track him down and confronted him at his house.

“He claimed they [the messages] were nothing to do with him and said he had been hacked,” Ms King said.

“He said he had talked to more than one [girl] and were over the age of 18.

“The police were called, he was arrested. He said he had not seen her say she was 14.”

Potter pleaded guilty to attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and appeared for a sentencing hearing on Friday, April 16.

The court was told Potter, of no fixed address, has not yet told his parents what he had done, and had moved out of their house and in with his sister.

Potter was given a 24-month community order, ordered to undergo 55 hours of rehabilitation activity requirement and undertake 180 hours of unpaid work.

He was also made to sign the sex offender register for five years and given a sexual harm prevention order for the same length of time.