Grandad had sex chats with ‘girl, 13’

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GRANDAD who had graphic sex chats with ‘a 13 year old girl’ found him­self in the dock as the child was ac­tu­ally an un­der­cover po­lice­man.Of­fi­cers con­se­quently raided Alan Cherry’s home in Clare­mont Road, Seaforth, and seized his com­puter equip­ment which anal­y­sis re­vealed he had used to down­load in­de­cent images of chil­dren.Liver­pool Crown Court heard that the fa­ther of three grown up chil­dren had a to­tal of 218 images in all three cat­e­gories of se­ri­ous­ness, in­clud­ing four videos in the two most se­ri­ous cat­e­gories.The chil­dren in the pho­tos ranged in age from three to 12, said Derek Jones, prose­cut­ing.He told the judge that an un­der­cover po­lice of­fi­cers cre­ated a fake pro­file for a 13-year-old girl called Chloe in June 2017 and went into var­i­ous chat rooms in­clud­ing KIK and Chat­step. On June 5 Cherry be­gan chat­ting to Chloe over a four day pe­riod.When told she was only 13 he re­sponded “that’s a sexy age” and told her he was 59 and they con­tin­ued hav­ing chats over four days of “an overtly sex­ual na­ture. He told her he was horny. He re­peat­edly asked if she was wear­ing her school uni­form and if she was wear­ing any un­der­wear.”Cherry asked her to send ex­plicit pho­to­graphs of her­self and asked if she had en­gaged in cer­tain perverted be­hav­iour, said Mr Jones.He told her he would love to be in bed with her but did not ask her to carry out any sex­ual acts or ar­range to meet her.On June 8 they spoke via Skype dur­ing which Cherry stripped naked and per­formed a sex act in front of the cam­era, said Mr Jones. Alan Cherry, of Seaforth leav­ing court

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