August 2021

Devon paedophile arranged to meet child for sex in Bristol

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A paedophile from Devon arranged to meet a child for sex in woods in Bristol.

But the 12-year-old girl David Jowitt chatted to online turned out to be an undercover police officer, Bristol Crown Court was told.

And after being arrested, it emerged that he had chatted online to other children who were also police officers acting as decoys.

Jowitt, of Princes Street in Dawlish, admitted arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence

He had arranged to meet the girl in woods near Asda in Whitchurch, the court was told.

The 35-year-old father-of-one asked for five other offences to be considered, including possessing a small number of child abuse images in all categories of concern.

Jailing Jowitt for two and a half years, Judge Julian Lambert told him: “There was no child to abuse but you were ready to do so and you were willing and if there had been a child you would have been able to do so.”

Jowitt was given a ten-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order banning him from unchecked Internet use.

He was told to sign on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely and had two mobile phones confiscated.

Euan Callaghan, prosecuting, told the court that Jowitt was arrested and his devices were examined.

He was found to have had online chats with what appeared to be a boy and two girls, all apparently aged 13.

Police discovered he had indecent images of children, 13 of which were deemed to be in the highest harm category.