Paedophile posed as a teenager to seduce girl
MAN BEFRIENDED 14-YEAR-OLD ON INTERNET CHAT SITE AND THEN HAD SEX WITH HER
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.
“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.