July 2021

Jail for Romney Marsh man who tried to meet children online

A man who tried to meet children through the internet has been jailed for more than four years.

Robert Reddin was arrested at his home in St Mary’s Bay, Romney Marsh in 2018 during an investigation into indecent images of children.

Inquiries by Kent Police’s Paedophile Online Investigation Team also uncovered sexual messages he had sent to people he believed to be children.

Reddin, 70, was charged with and later admitted multiple offences, including attempting to arrange the commission of a child sex offence, attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and making indecent photos of children.

Yesterday, at Canterbury Crown Court, he was jailed for four-and-a-half years and made the subject of a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order, which will limit his access to the internet on release.

Police who carried out a search warrant at Reddin’s home on June 11 2018, found indecent images of children on his laptop computer.

Further investigation found a series of chats Reddin had with people who identified themselves as children as young as 11, and adults who he hoped would help him to meet children.

The content of the conversations was sexual and Reddin had encouraged them to engage in sexual acts, send him pictures and to meet him.