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14 February 2019, 18:38 | Updated: 18 February 2019, 10:29
A 58 year-old child sex offender has been jailed for more than two years, after being caught in a police sting.
Paul Day, from Woodwalton, used a fake name on the app Kik to start conversations of a sexual nature with what he believed was a 12 year-old girl.
Between 14 October and 1 November 2018 he sent a number of inappropriate messages to the girl, who was in fact a police officer.
On one occasion he said he was in Leeds, where he believed the girl lived, and asked her which school she attended.
A few days later he said he would be in the city again and wanted to meet her.
When officers arrested Day and searched his home they found a tablet computer with 21 indecent images of children. Five were classed as category A – the most severe.
Mr Day pleaded guilty to attempting to incite a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, attempting to cause a child under 13 to watch or look at an image of sexual activity, attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and three counts of making indecent photos of a child.
Today (Thursday 14th February) at Cambridge Crown Court, Mr Day, of New Road, Woodwalton, near Huntingdon, was sentenced to two years and four months.
He was also given a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years.
Detective Constable Paul Baysting said:
“Day sent these extremely sexualised messages in the genuine belief that he was contacting a 12-year-old girl.
The fact that he asked what school she went to and attempted to arrange a meeting is particularly sinister. Fortunately on this occasion he was in fact communicating with a police officer.
Protecting the county’s children is one of our priorities and we will continue to work hard every day to keep young people safe.”