Paedophile hunters catch trainee doctor attempting to meet fictitious girl in Carmarthen
A trainee doctor has been jailed for attempting to meet a fictitious 15-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity.
Jamil Rehman, 35, contacted an online profile purporting to be the teenage girl and did not realise it was a decoy set up by a group of so-called paedophile hunters.
Swansea Crown Court heard Rehman travelled for four hours from his home in Derby to Carmarthen in west Wales to meet the girl in April 2019.
Police discovered he had booked a hotel room for two people, with officers also finding red roses and pills to delay orgasm in his car.
It also emerged that Rehman had been contacting a second online profile, purporting to be a 13-year-old girl.
Married father-of-two Rehman denied the charges against him at trial, claiming he wanted to help the girls as they were vulnerable and that he had confused the word “restaurant” with “hotel”.
He insisted he only wanted the 15-year-old girl to act as a tour guide and show him the beaches of West Wales during his visit.
Judge Paul Thomas jailed Rehman, who was convicted by a jury of attempting to meet a girl aged under 16 following grooming and attempting to arrange the commission of a child sex offence, for 20 months.
The judge described Rehman’s explanations as “frankly ludicrous” and said his offending was so serious that it justified an immediate custodial sentence.
He told Rehman on Tuesday: “Both of these girls were fictitious. You didn’t know that.
“Over the course of the trial you put forward a series of frankly ludicrous explanations, trying to dissuade the jury that your intentions were not only unmotivated by sexual lust but were positively altruistic.
“You claimed to be concerned for the welfare of the girls. I consider that you did consider them to be vulnerable, which is why you targeted and continued to groom them. You encouraged them to meet you.”
The judge said Rehman’s work as a trainee doctor meant he would have been aware of the impact of what he intended to do, which was to “use these underage girls for your sexual purposes”.
Rehman has Pakistani citizenship and is in the UK on a work visa, which will no longer apply as he is now unable to work in his profession
Judge Thomas told Rehman that sending him to prison would have an impact on his wife and two children, as well as resulting in the loss of his career.
“It is a shame that all the hard work you have put in over many years has been destroyed by what you did,” the judge said.
“It was not a moment of madness, it was a calculated course of conduct.”
He described how Rehman had demonstrated a “mixture of arrogance combined with hypocritical outbursts” during the trial, adding that there was “no realistic prospect of rehabilitation”.
The judge also ordered Rehman to be placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.
Young Derby doctor caught by self-styled paedophile hunters
A newly qualified Derby GP drove 200 miles from the city to have sex with a 15-year-old schoolgirl who turned out to be the bait set in a trap set by online paedo hunters.
Dr Jamil Rehman was found guilty of attempting to groom underage girls after being set up by two self-styled paedophile hunting groups.
25-year-old Rehman booked a hotel room and drove more than 200 miles thinking he was going to meet and have sex with a 15-year-old girl called Kayla.
He was also tricked by a decoy from a group posing as a 13-year-old girl called Sienna, Swansea Crown Court heard.
He has now been suspended by the General Medical Council and awaits sentencing by the courts.
Prosecutor Dyfed Thomas said: “He conversed with two people he believed were children and intended to have sexual activity with them.”
Rehman drove to Carmarthen, West Wales, to meet the eldest girl after making contact in an online chatroom called Meet4U.
The online groups called the police who searched his car and found a bunch of red roses and orgasm pills, Swansea Crown Court was told.
Rehman claimed he wanted the girl to be his tour guide on his visit to Wales.
Prosecutor Dyfed Thomas said: “The messages show there was a degree of intimacy between this man and what he thought was a 15-year-old girl.
“The doctor said his hobby was driving and he offered to take her anywhere on earth saying: ‘My car front seat is waiting for you’.
“The day before they were due to meet up in Carmarthen they had a conversation about the girl showering herself.”
Swansea Crown Court heard that instead of a 15-year-old girl, Rehman came face-to-face with Michelle Pareima of a group calling itself Child Protectors Wales.
Mr Thomas said: “The police were called and when they searched his car they found a bunch of red roses and also some tablets called Superstop Orgasm.
“He travelled from Derby to Carmarthen with some roses and pills but says they arranged to meet for the purposes of her being his tour guide while visiting Wales.”
The court heard Rehman was also caught by a different paedophile hunting group using a decoy claiming to be a 13-year-old girl called Sienna.
Mr Thomas said: “In fact he was having conversations with a woman called Donna Thomas who was posing as a 13-year-old girl.
“He conversed with two people he believed were children and had every intention of having some sort of sexual activity with them.”
A jury found him guilty of attempted sexual grooming of two underage girls in April 2019.
He was cleared of making an indecent image of a child.
Rehman was freed on bail and warned he could go to prison when he is sentenced next month.
He has been suspended by the General Medical Council.