September 2021

Paedophile dad arranged to meet child at McDonald’s for sex while wife was at work

A dad-of-two attempted to meet a 13-year-old girl at McDonald’s so that he could take her back to his home for sex.

Gareth Rogers proposed a “friend with benefits” situation with “Lily” whilst his wife was working and his children were in nursery

He also told the child that he wouldn’t need to wear protection because he had undergone a vasectomy.

However, the 41-year-old of Easton Road, New Ferry had no idea that he was actually chatting to an undercover police officer the whole time.

When he arrived at the McDonald’s store in Hunts Cross, the paedophile was stopped in his car and arrested.

Liverpool Crown Court heard an officer created the decoy profile on messaging app Kik Messenger on November 15, 2019.

David Watson, prosecuting, said Lily received a message from GDR1980 on January 22, 2020, who said he was 39 and from Wirral.

Rogers said: “Looking to chat, flirt, maybe more, hoping to hear from you soon, Gareth.”

They exchanged messages as Rogers went on to say he wanted to swap nude photos, he worked from home for a software company and Lily should delete their chats.

Mr Watson said Rogers asked Lily “if she did anything to herself” – “suggestive the prosecution say of sexual behaviour” – and the officer noted he had already been a member of Kik Messenger for 441 days.

On January 23, Lily reiterated she was 13, but Rogers requested a photo of her, which was declined, then sent a headshot of himself.

Mr Watson told the court: “He said he was looking for someone to help him out of the rut his wife had created.”

On January 27, Rogers told Lily because of their ages he had to be “careful” and on January 30 said she had been a “tease”.

On February 18 he told her he was “looking for a friend with benefits”, before asking what type of sex she was prepared to have, specifying three different types.

The prosecutor said: “He suggested meeting Lily, who told him she was off school. He specified the dates that were best for him as his wife was in work and his children were in day care.”

On February 19, Rogers made an arrangement to meet her two days later at McDonald’s, between 9.30am and 10am.

Mr Watson said: “The defendant said it if was going to be her first time they could do as little or as much as she wished.

“The defendant told Lily he had a vasectomy and therefore a condom would not be required.”

Rogers also reassured Lily he would be “gentle” and requested nude photos, which he said would help prepare her to get over the “hurdle”.

On February 20 he asked whether she was a police officer or connected to police, but he went ahead with the meet.

He was arrested in Hunts Cross the following morning, when his phone was seized before he was interviewed.

Mr Watson said: “He claimed he was going to meet Lily to tell her that nothing would happen between them.

“In fact, say the prosecution, the last message he sent suggested she order some food so they could eat it in his car on the way back to his house.”

Rogers then confessed he thought Lily was 13, said he was “stupid” and he “didn’t know why he hadn’t stopped sooner”.

Judge Anil Murray said Rogers believed he was talking with a 13-year-old girl when he arranged to meet and told Lily he was “throbbing for her”.

Rogers admitted attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child, attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming and attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

He also admitted taking, possessing and distributing one Category C indecent image of a child.