June 2021

Paedophile asked teenage ‘girl’ for ‘naked massages’

A 45-year-old paedophile suggested to a 13-year-old ‘girl’ he met online they meet for “naked massages”, a court heard. 

Richard Anthony began messaging the ‘girl’ in January 2019 and asked for pictures of ‘her’ several times before suggesting they meet. 

What he didn’t know, a court heard, was that his intended victim was in fact an undercover officer posing as the ‘girl’. 

He admitted attempting to incite a girl aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity at an earlier hearing. 

Police raided Anthony’s house in Laburnum Way, St Ives, on June 18, 2019, and seized his electronic devices. 

On Friday (June 4) at Peterborough Crown Court, Anthony was jailed for two years and four months.