Pae­dophile posed as a teenager to se­duce girl

MAN BE­FRIENDED 14-YEAR-OLD ON IN­TER­NET CHAT SITE AND THEN HAD SEX WITH HER

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Family Announcements -

A MAN en­rolled on an in­ter­net chat site for teenagers and be­friended a young girl who he later se­duced, a court heard.

Al­lan Spratt mas­quer­aded as a school­boy us­ing a bo­gus photo to reg­is­ter in the spring this year and lured the 14-year-old from York­shire to meet him through first the chat line then via con­ver­sa­tions and texts on their mo­bile phones, and ended up hav­ing sex with her in a ho­tel.

Spratt, 34, of Wester­hout Close, Deal, but for­merly of Cuckoo Lane, Ash­ford, ap­peared for sen­tence at Can­ter­bury Crown Court hav­ing ad­mit­ted three of­fences of meet­ing a child fol­low­ing sex­ual groom­ing and two of sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with a child.

He was com­mit­ted for sen­tence from Folke­stone mag­is­trates for six of­fences of hav­ing in­de­cent pho­tos of a child.

But af­ter read­ing of Spratt’s com­ment to a pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer de­scrib­ing his be­hav­iour as a ‘bit of fun’, Judge Adele Wil­liams ad­journed sen­tence for a psy­chi­atric re­port and re­manded Spratt in cus­tody un­til sen­tenc­ing in Fe­bru­ary.

Den­zil Pugh, pros­e­cut­ing, said at one point the girl be­gan to sus­pect she was not talk­ing to a young boy be­cause of some of the sex­ual com­ments, so Spratt changed tack and claimed to be 23 and con­tin­ued pur­su­ing the re­la­tion­ship.

“Even­tu­ally he per­suaded the girl to meet up with him, she hav­ing de­luded her­self she had formed some kind of se­ri­ous re­la­tion­ship with him as­sisted by his lies, and he drove to the north of Eng­land and took her out for the day in Au­gust.

Overnight

“They had a meal and went to a cin­ema then ended up at a ho­tel. Spratt went pre­pared with con­doms and con­vinced the girl age should be no bar­rier as they were truly in love and sex could prop­erly fol­low even if it was against the law in those cir­cum­stances. Sex took place that night and the next day,” said Mr Pugh.

Spratt ar­ranged an­other meet­ing the same month and again he stayed overnight but noth­ing hap­pened. On Au­gust 29, he drove to York­shire and again took her to a ho­tel and had sex this time without pro­tec­tion per- suad­ing her that be­cause of her men­strual cy­cle, preg­nancy was not a risk.

A friend of the vic­tim’s fam­ily no­ticed how down in the dumps she was and the girl con­fessed what had been hap­pen­ing and the po­lice were in­formed.

In in­ter­view Spratt ad­mit­ted he joined the teenage chat line be­cause he felt more at ease with younger peo­ple rather than peo­ple of his own age and it de­vel­oped from that point. “He could not get to grips with the idea he was a preda­tory pae­dophile”, said Mr Pugh.

About the same time, Spratt’s wife was also hav­ing sus­pi­cions about her hus­band’s be­hav­iour be­cause he was lock­ing him­self away for hours with his com­puter and sus­pi­cious that his ab­sences were not in re­la­tion to his work as a driver.

The girl’s name had cropped up and he had sug­gested she was his child and he needed to go up for DNA test­ing.

There was an ar­gu­ment which be­came vi­o­lent and he was cau­tioned for bat­tery. He was thrown out of the house.

She came across young girls’ un­der­wear in a car­rier bag, in­tro­duc­tory size san­i­tary pro­tec­tion, a quan­tity of creche regis­tra­tion cards and CCTV cov­er­age from a creche and she took th­ese items to the po­lice. She also handed in a DVD found in a en­ve­lope.

It con­tained 22 in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren and fur­ther im­ages were found on his com­puter and phone.

He was fur­ther ques­tioned and said he started to watch child porn on the com­puter about a year be­fore and had stored im­ages from a file shar­ing site. “It is not sug­gested there was any dis­tri­bu­tion of those im­ages,” said Mr Pugh.

Spratt had con­vic­tions for theft when he was work­ing for the post of­fice.

Both the vic­tim and her mother had made vic­tim im­pact state­ments in which their dis­tress was ap­par­ent and long term dam­age may have been caused, said Judge Wil­liams.

Judge Wil­liams in­di­cated her con­cerns about ex­pres­sions used by Spratt when a pre-sen­tence re­port was be­ing pre­pared and or­dered the psy­chi­atric re­port.

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