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7 February 2019, 15:31 | Updated: 7 February 2019, 15:38
A man who admitted trying to groom a 13 year-old Northamptonshire girl online has been jailed.
Michael Crick, 67, a former chairman of the carnival in Desborough, where he lived, admitted 18 counts of attempting to incite a girl, aged 13-15 to engage in sexual activity.
He also admitted one similar count, involving a girl under the age of 13, and two further charges of making indecent images of children.
Northampton Crown Court heard police had arrested him on suspicion of attempting to groom a child online.
Further examination of his computers revealed he had been involved in dozens of interactions with children or with adults, masquerading as children, online.
He was sentenced to two years and six months imprisonment and placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for life.
He was also made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 15 years.
DC Jason Cullum said:
"I welcome the sentence handed down to Michael Crick and I hope it demonstrates how serious Northamptonshire Police is in pursuing people who look to groom and take advantage of children. Crick is a severe sexual predator who used his position as an adult to manipulate vulnerable children. The fact he is now behind bars is a great thing for the people of Northamptonshire.
As a result of this operation, a child was safeguarded and is now receiving support. If you’re worried about a child, please tell someone or give us a call on 101 so we can help.”