June 2021

Paedophile who abused child after grooming with Disney film jailed after being caught with indecent images at Deal home

A dangerous convicted paedophile told a court he was “glad” to be caught with horrific images of children because he was on the verge of hunting and abusing a new victim.

Allan Spratt admitted his plans after police raided his Deal home to uncover the disgusting library on his Samsung phone.

The 46-year-old has now been jailed at Canterbury Crown Court for two years and five months.

“In police interview he said he was glad he was caught because he was on a slippery slope to commit a contact offence with a child,” prosecutor Robin Griffith said.

Spratt was convicted of raping a child 12 years ago.

Posing as a 13-year-old boy online, the married predator groomed a girl over a number of months, convincing her he was “her boyfriend.”

When they exchanged pictures he claimed to suffer from a rare disease that made him look older.

He would soon tell the girl he loved her and convinced her to go on a shopping trip to Sheffield.

Spratt took her to see a Disney film and for a meal, then persuaded her to stay with him in a budget hotel, raping her three times.

Spratt was arrested after telling a family member about his actions and then pleaded guilty to rape in 2010.

He was sentenced to six years and placed on the sex offenders’ register.

Kent Police received a tip-off in December last year that Spratt was downloading indecent images from his mother’s house.

After raiding the property Spratt, who runs an eBay business, told officers he felt on the verge of making contact with a child.

Police found category A, B and C images, a combination of pictures and videos.

They also discovered Spratt had made persistent “systematic” internet searches using chilling terms like ‘jailbait.’

Judge Mark Weekes told Spratt he had been “absolutely blatant”, and highlighted “the misery” caused to the victims of those children in the images.

Following his latest round of offences, Spratt, of Westerhout Close, Deal, pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing indecent images, three counts of making indecent images, a breach of notification requirements and breach of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

December 2009

Paedophile posed as a teenager to abuse girl

A pervert enrolled on an internet chat site for teenagers and befriended a young girl who he later abused

Allan Spratt masqueraded as a schoolboy using a bogus photo to register in the spring this year and lured the 14-year-old from Yorkshire to meet him through first the chat line then via conversations and texts on their mobile phones, and ended up having sex with her in a hotel.

Spratt, 34, of Westerhout Close, Deal, but formerly of Cuckoo Lane, Ashford, appeared for sentence at Canterbury Crown Court having admitted three offences of meeting a child following sexual grooming and two of sexual activity with a child.

He was committed for sentence from Folkestone magistrates for six offences of having indecent photos of a child.

But after reading of Spratt’s comment to a probation officer describing his behaviour as a ‘bit of fun’, Judge Adele Williams adjourned sentence for a psychiatric report and remanded Spratt in custody until sentencing in February.

Denzil Pugh, prosecuting, said at one point the girl began to suspect she was not talking to a young boy because of some of the sexual comments, so Spratt changed tack and claimed to be 23 and continued pursuing the relationship.

“Eventually he persuaded the girl to meet up with him, she having deluded herself she had formed some kind of serious relationship with him assisted by his lies, and he drove to the north of England and took her out for the day in August.

“They had a meal and went to a cinema then ended up at a hotel. Spratt went prepared with condoms and convinced the girl age should be no barrier as they were truly in love and sex could properly follow even if it was against the law in those circumstances. Sex took place that night and the next day,” said Mr Pugh.

Spratt arranged another meeting the same month and again he stayed overnight but nothing happened. On August 29, he drove to Yorkshire and again took her to a hotel and had sex this time without protection per- suading her that because of her menstrual cycle, pregnancy was not a risk.

A friend of the victim’s family noticed how down in the dumps she was and the girl confessed what had been happening and the police were informed.

In interview Spratt admitted he joined the teenage chat line because he felt more at ease with younger people rather than people of his own age and it developed from that point. “He could not get to grips with the idea he was a predatory paedophile”, said Mr Pugh.

About the same time, Spratt’s wife was also having suspicions about her husband’s behaviour because he was locking himself away for hours with his computer and suspicious that his absences were not in relation to his work as a driver.

The girl’s name had cropped up and he had suggested she was his child and he needed to go up for DNA testing.

There was an argument which became violent and he was cautioned for battery. He was thrown out of the house.

She came across young girls’ underwear in a carrier bag, introductory size sanitary protection, a quantity of creche registration cards and CCTV coverage from a creche and she took these items to the police. She also handed in a DVD found in a envelope.

It contained 22 indecent images of children and further images were found on his computer and phone.

He was further questioned and said he started to watch child porn on the computer about a year before and had stored images from a file sharing site. “It is not suggested there was any distribution of those images,” said Mr Pugh.

Spratt had convictions for theft when he was working for the post office.

Both the victim and her mother had made victim impact statements in which their distress was apparent and long term damage may have been caused, said Judge Williams.

Judge Williams indicated her concerns about expressions used by Spratt when a pre-sentence report was being prepared and ordered the psychiatric report.