Internet pervert who preyed on girl avoids jail

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A police sting netted a man who told a 14-year-old girl online that he was a gynaecologist and then made sexual advances towards her .

But Charles Waddington, 41, of High Street, Morley, was in fact chatting to a police officer, not a girl, as part of an operation by Cumbria Police,

Leeds Crown Court heard Waddington was found to have downloaded child porn images onto a laptop, when officers raided his home.

The court heard he was caught as part of the operation by a female officer, pretending to be a schoolgirl called Sophie, accessed an internet chatroom.

She was contacted by Waddington who told her he was a 31-year-old gynaecologist. The married dad claimed he was single and soon began making sexual remarks.

He told the ‘girl’ that he wanted to kiss her and share his double bed with her. Waddington then offered to swap photographs with her and asked if she had a webcam.

He also offered to drive to Cumbria to meet her.

The court heard Waddington was involved about 20 conversations during February this year before officers were able to identify who he was and where he lived.

A search warrant was executed at his home and a laptop was seized.

Waddington admitted to officers that he had been involved in the chatroom conversations but denied downloading any illegal images.

It was later revealed that he had accessed 61 abusive images of children.

Waddington pleaded guilty to attempting sexual activity with a female under the age of 16 and four offences of possessing indecent images of children.

Kitty Taylor, mitigating, said Waddington had pleaded guilty to the offences at an early opportunity.

The court heard he has lost his job as a result of the convictions but his wife was standing by him.

Waddington was made the subject of a three-year community order during which he must take part in a sex offenders treatment programme.

Judge Neil Clarke told Waddington he would be jailed for 16 months if he failed to comply with the order.

He said: “I urge you to consider the embarrassment and upset you caused your family because of your perverted desires to look at images in this way.”