June 2021

Ashburton man sent decoy 12-year-old naked photos of himself

A 48-year-old pervert was caught after the 12-year-old girl he sent a naked picture to turned out to be an undercover police officer.

Colin Parry, of Ashburton, sent messages to the ‘girl’ about the sexual activity he would like to have with her, Exeter Crown Court was told.

The increasingly sexualised emails were traced back to him and he was arrested. On his laptop police found images of children being sexually abused.

Parry told police it was all a mistake and he did not have an interest in children.

But he admitted four offences relating to his communication with the undercover officer and possessing indecent images of children when he appeared at court.

Ms Mary McCarthy, prosecuting, said the offending took place between October 2017 and March 2018.

She said he made contact with a girl he thought was 12 years old, telling her he was in his 30s and early 40s.

He began by asking if she liked boys and soon turned the conversation to his sex life and what they should do together. He sent her photos of his penis and masturbating.

Images found on his laptop included those in the worst category of child abuse.

“He clearly had either sent of received images,” said the prosecutor.

Judge Davis Evans said it was not a victimless crime because the children in the images had been abused by adults.

Parry, of Home Park, was given a two-year community order and 40 days rehabilitation.

He was given a sexual harm prevention order to monitor and limit his use of computers in the future.