A grandfather who was “bored” after retiring escaped prison after talking about having sex with a “13-year-old girl” while his wife was at work.
Desmond Brown, 68, started talking to someone he thought was a schoolgirl on the Chat Avenue website.
The Liverpool Echo reported that OAP told the “girl” he worked as a carpenter at a school and had previously had sex with a 15-year-old student.
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But the pervert, who talked about meeting her and taking her for a drive, was actually talking to an undercover police officer.
He had previously been spared from prison for two counts of indecent assault on a woman and indecent exposure in 1981, and was again released from court, after claiming that he himself had suffered abuse and that he was now paying for psychotherapy.
A hearing at Liverpool Crown Court heard an officer create an account posing as “Bella”, 13, of Exeter, while Brown, of Gairloch Close, Warrington, had an account under the username of “LongHorn95 “, where he used a photo of himself. and claims to be 55 years old.
Simon Duncan, prosecutor, said he texted Bella, who told her she was 13 and “bored” when talks began in August 2019.
Brown claimed he dated a 15-year-old and Bella asked if they had ever done “naughty things”, which the retiree said he had “intimate contact” with.
He used a fake profile name “Steve Wilson” as a cover in other discussions on the Kik Messenger app.
Bella said her contact with the 15-year-old looked “exciting” and Brown asked her if she wanted to try it.
He tried to phone her but she refused the call and he asked her if she would send a picture, but “nothing weird”, to verify who she was.
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Bella avoided this and instead they discussed her sexual experience.
Brown said “he would be gentle with her” and “wouldn’t do anything that she didn’t want to do.”
When another photo request was avoided, Brown said they should stop chatting “because it was too dangerous”, adding he was afraid of being tricked.
However, they discussed meeting, when he suggested taking her for a drive and said that he would perform sex on her and that if they had sex he would wear a condom.
Brown asked her to delete their conversations and, when she didn’t want to join a video chat, ignored two more messages from her.
He was arrested at his home on October 24, 2019, when no indecent images were found on his electronic equipment.
When questioned, Brown told police he was bored and believed he was arguing with an adult for “sexual gratification.”
He said he had no sexual interest in children and made up the 15-year-old’s story.
Brown admitted to having sexual communication with a child between August 8 and September 10, 2019 – despite the fact that there was no actual child.
Michael Davies, defending, said Brown pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and his previous convictions did not involve children.
Mr Davies said Brown – who previously worked for a waste management company – had seen a psychotherapist “at his own expense” for £ 60 per session.
Judge David Aubrey, QC, asked if Brown intended to continue and Mr Davies replied that he had done so, every fortnight for six to 12 months.
The judge asked why Brown didn’t start sessions until after being charged in April 2021.
Mr Davies said that was when Brown realized he wanted to “focus on why he did it”.
He said Brown had never been attracted to children before, but accepted into therapy when he spoke to Bella “Maybe that’s when there was a sexual attraction and that’s what needs to be addressed “.
He said: “His first thought was that it could be related to himself for having been mistreated.”
Mr Davies said the reaction from Brown’s son and daughter had been “hostile” and that if he could not see his grandchildren it would have an impact on his wife as well.
He said: “He certainly doesn’t want to give a young girl the experience of being cared for by an older man like him, so for a whole host of reasons he says he’s motivated to make sure. that he does not commit this offense again. “
Justice Aubrey said Brown told the probation service that his parents died in 2013, before suffering a heart attack in 2017 and retiring.
He said Brown had “experienced a feeling of loneliness, boredom and stress” which “triggered your desire as it was to join this particular chat room and start conversations with someone. that you probably initially thought to be a 13-year-old girl “.
Justice Aubrey said: “In my judgment, this suggests to this court that you certainly had an unhealthy sexual interest in children.”
He admitted that Brown had “suffered from regret and shame” and added: “You are lucky your wife is by your side.”
He said the therapy challenged Brown’s “history and abuse that you suffered”, as well as what led him to this crime.
Justice Aubrey said that knowing Brown had asked for help and therapy was continuing, “the public is better served and you are better served by this court staying what would otherwise be the appropriate jail sentence.”
He sentenced him to 10 months in prison, suspended for two years, with a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement.
Brown must comply with a Sexual Injury Prevention Order and sign the sex offender registry for 10 years.