A grandad discussed having sex with a ’13-year-old girl’ because he said he was ‘bored’ after retiring.
Desmond Brown, 68, chatted to a person he thought was a schoolgirl online when his wife was away at work.
He claimed he used to work as a joiner in a school and once had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old female pupil.
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But the pervert, who discussed meeting up and taking her for a drive, was actually talking to an undercover police officer.
The OAP was previously spared jail for two counts of indecent assault on a woman and indecent exposure in 1981.
He walked free from court again, after saying he had suffered abuse himself and was now paying for psychotherapy.
Liverpool Crown Court heard an officer created an account on the website Chat Avenue, posing as “Bella”, 13, from Exeter.
Brown, of Gairloch Close, Warrington, had a username of “LongHorn95” with a photo of himself and claimed to be 55.
Simon Duncan, prosecuting, said he messaged Bella, who told him she was 13 and “bored” when the chats began in August 2019.
Brown made his claim about previously dating a 15-year-old and Bella asked if they ever did any “naughty stuff”, to which the pensioner said they had “intimate contact”.
He used a fake profile name “Steve Wilson” as a cover in further chats on the app Kik Messenger.
Bella said his contact with the 15-year-old girl sounded “exciting” and Brown asked her if she wanted to try it.
He tried to phone her but she declined the call and he asked if she would send a photo, but “nothing weird”, to verify who she was.
Bella avoided this and they instead discussed her sexual experience.
Brown said “he would be gentle with her” and “would not do anything she didn’t want to do”.
When another request for a photo was avoided, Brown said they should stop chatting “as it was too dangerous”, adding he was scared about entrapment.
However, they discussed meeting up, when he suggested taking her for a drive and said he would perform a sex act on her and if they had sex he would wear a condom.
Brown asked her to delete their conversations and when she wouldn’t join a video chat, ignored two further messages from her.
He was arrested at his home on October 24, 2019, when no indecent images were found on his electronic equipment.
When interviewed, Brown told police he was “bored” and thought he was chatting to an adult for “sexual gratification”.
He said he had no sexual interest in children and made up the story about the 15-year-old.
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Brown admitted engaging in sexual communication with a child between August 8 and September 10, 2019 – despite the fact there was no actual child.
Michael Davies, defending, said Brown pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and his past convictions didn’t involve a child.
Mr Davies said Brown – who used to work for a waste management company – had been seeing a psychotherapist “at his own expense” of £60 per session.
Judge David Aubrey, QC, asked if Brown intended to continue this and Mr Davies said he did, fortnightly for six to 12 months.
The judge asked why Brown didn’t start the sessions until after he was charged in April 2021.
Mr Davies said this was when Brown realised he wanted to “focus his mind on why he had done it”.
He said Brown had never previously been attracted to children, but accepted in therapy when speaking to Bella “it may be in that moment there was a sexual attraction and that’s what needs to be addressed”.
He said: “His first thought was it might be linked to himself being abused.”
Mr Davies said Brown’s son and daughter’s reaction had been “hostile” and if he couldn’t see his grandchildren, that would also impact on his wife.
He said: “He certainly doesn’t want to put a young girl through the experience of being groomed by an older man such as him, so for a whole range of reasons he says he’s motivated to ensure that he does not commit this offence again.”
Judge Aubrey said Brown told the Probation Service his parents died in 2013, before he suffered a heart attack in 2017 and retired.
He said Brown had been “experiencing a sense of loneliness, boredom and stress”, which “triggered your desire as it was to join this particular chat room and engage in conversations with someone you believed certainly at the outset was a 13-year-old girl”.
Judge Aubrey said: “In my judgment it does suggest to this court that you certainly had an unhealthy sexual interest in children.”
He accepted Brown had “suffered regret and shame” and added: “You are fortunate that your wife stands by you.”
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He said the therapy challenged Brown’s “background and the abuse you suffered” and also what led him to this crime.
Judge Aubrey said bearing in mind Brown had sought help and the therapy was continuing, “the public are better served and you are better served by this court suspending what would otherwise be the appropriate prison sentence”.
He handed him 10 months in jail, suspended for two years, with a 20-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement.
Brown must comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and sign on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.
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