Child sex predator jailed for string of attacks on teens across UK and US
A PERVERTED monster who sexually abused children across England and the United States has been jailed for 15 years.
Andrew Pykett, from Leamington, committed sexual offences against 10 teenage girls, aged from 13 to 16, and had pleaded guilty to a total of 40 offences.
His catalogue of horrific crimes stretched over a seven-year period and took place South Yorkshire, Essex, London, Wiltshire, South Wales, Nottingham, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Chesterfield and the United States.
The predator even filmed some of his crimes and also had indecent images of the teenagers and other children.
Jailing Pykett, Judge Andrew Lockhart QC told him: “You have done lifelong harm to a number of people, many of whom were young girls.
Your offending began 10 years ago now and spanned for eight years.
“It was sustained offending with many teenage girls contacted across the internet and met at least eight of them.
“You were aged 30 to 37 at the time but you were able to persuade girls half your age to meet you.”
Pykett, 38, of Clarendon Avenue, admitted his crimes at Warwick Crown Court back in March and was sentenced today at the same court. Pykett’s offences included: 20 counts of sexual activity with a child (four counts of sexual touching, 16 counts of penetration).
Seven counts of meeting a child following sexual grooming
Two counts of attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.
One count of trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation.
One count of taking indecent photographs of a child - CAT A.
Two counts of making indecent photographs of a child - CAT A.
Two counts of making indecent photographs of a child - CAT B.
Two counts of making indecent photographs of child - CAT C.
One count of making an indecent image of a child.
One count of possession of a class A drug.
One count of possession of a class B drug.
Michael Williams, for the prosecution, said that Pykett contacted his victims over the internet, using chat rooms, MSN Messenger and Instagram.
Mr Williams said it was “sustained offending” against teenage girls, some of whom were “vulnerable”.
Pykett was first arrested in November 2015 after he was seen acting inappropriately with a 15-year-old girl at a pub in Rotherham.
Mr Williams said Pykett’s computer was seize and detectives discovered a number of “highly sexualised” conversations with young girls.
Pykett went on to meet at least eight of the girls he had contacted and had sexual contact with some of them.
The court heard that the father of one of the victims found the online chats between his daughter and Pykett and reported it to police.
Pykett was handed the 15-year jail sentence and will have to serve a minimum of eight-and-a-half years behind bars and will only be released before completing 10-and-a-half years if the Parole Board deem it safe to do so.
Once he has been released, Pykett will serve the remainder of any of the sentence on licence, and then remain on licence for a further seven years.
An NSPCC spokesperson said: “Pykett has caused untold suffering to the teenage girls he sexually abused. These victims must now be given the help and support they need to rebuild their lives.”
“Sadly, Pykett’s predatory grooming tactics are a reminder of the dangers young people face on social media.
“It is vital that parents and carers talk to their children about staying safe online.”
Advice is available on the NSPCC Net Aware website, or via the NSPCC and O2’s online safety helpline on 0808 800 5002.”