July 2021

Pervert started sex chat with ‘girl’, aged 12

A pervert engaged in a sex chat online with what he thought was a 12-year-old girl, not realising she was really a police officer.

Bolton Crown Court heard how David Lyons set up profiles social networks Chatty and Kik Messenger where, on October 14, 2019 he encountered ‘Evie’, a fake profile set up by an undercover officer from the West Midlands police organised crime group.

Rachel Shenton, prosecuting, said that Evie’s profile clearly stated that she was 12 years only but on October 14 and 15 and November 27 30-year-old Lyons repeatedly encouraged her to have sexual conversations and even sent, unsolicited, pictures of male private parts to her.

“He asked Evie her age. He is told she is 12 and he almost immediately asked, ‘Got any pics?’, said Miss Shenton.

“The messages immediately became sexual.”

Police arrested Lyons, of Brocksby Chase, Bolton, on January 6 last year and he admitted using Chatty and Kik Messenger.

“He said he couldn’t recall the conversations because he was so drunk but accepted that it must have been him engaging with the officer,” said Miss Shenton.

A total of 12 of the most serious Category A indecent images of children, one showing a child under the age of five being abused, were found on his mobile phone.

The court heard that Lyons pleaded guilty to attempted sexual communication with a child, attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act, attempting to incite sexual activity and possessing indecent images of children.