Back in jail for having in­de­cent images of child

Per­vert con­vinced girl, 14, in chat room he was teenage boy

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Cash-strapped Commuters - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams and Sian Napier

A man who con­vinced a 14-yearold girl to send him in­de­cent pic­tures of her­self has been sen­tenced to more than four years in prison.

Ni­cholas Axon, 64, of Can­ter­bury Road, Char­ing, pre­tended to be a 17-year-old boy when he sent mes­sages to a girl in the West Mid­lands.

The pair ex­changed phone num­bers af­ter meet­ing on a so­cial net­work­ing site and con­tin­ued to com­mu­ni­cate, with Axon en­cour­ag­ing the girl to send in­de­cent images of her­self.

Their con­ver­sa­tions were dis­cov­ered how­ever when the girl’s fa­ther ac­ci­den­tally found an au­dio mes­sage from Axon on her phone while trans­fer­ring data.

He re­ported the in­ci­dent to his lo­cal po­lice force, who in­formed Kent Po­lice.

Axon was ar­rested for breach­ing a sex­ual of­fences pre­ven­tion or­der, which was granted in 2010.

When ar­rested, he told of­fi­cers: “I didn’t want to go in­side again. I’ll go in­side for this, even though I didn’t know their age.”

He was charged with pos­sess­ing in­de­cent images of chil­dren and in­cit­ing a girl to en­gage in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity, as well as breach­ing the sex­ual of­fences pre­ven­tion or­der.

Dur­ing his trial at Can­ter­bury Crown Court last Fri­day, his bar­ris­ter Janet Weeks said Axon had gen­uine re­morse for what had hap­pened.

“It started with his mak­ing con­tact with adults and young peo­ple through so­cial me­dia be­cause of his loneliness but quickly de­scended in this way af­ter he posed as a younger man,” she said.

“He feels that he has ex­ploited them and this will never hap­pen again.

He was re­leased from jail be­fore he had been on the sex of­fend­ers’ pro­gramme and he is anx­ious to do this.

“He had no intention of meet­ing any of the girls and de­lib­er­ately chose th­ese places for their ge­o­graphic lo­ca­tion.”

Miss Weeks added that Axon had been work­ing in the prison li­brary.

He pleaded guilty and was sen­tenced on Mon­day to four years and four months in prison.

Det Sgt David Ship­ley, from the child ex­ploita­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tion team, said: “I would en­cour­age par­ents to speak to their chil­dren about safe use of the in­ter­net, and the dan­gers of speak­ing to peo­ple they don’t know on­line.

“I’m pleased that in this case we have been able to send Axon back to prison for breach­ing an or­der that was al­ready in place, and for prey­ing on a 14-year-old girl who be­lieved she was speak­ing to a teenage boy.”

Ni­cholas Axon, 64, of Can­ter­bury Road in Char­ing, con­vinced a 14-year-old girl to send him in­de­cent pic­tures of her­self

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