Child sex preda­tor jailed for string of at­tacks on teens across UK and US

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

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