Kevin Hughes, 60, made vile comments about the deeds he wanted to do on the “12-year-old” who was actually a woman from a group of pedophile hunters, Echo of Liverpool reports.
A court heard Hughes used an online forum to chat with who he thought was a girl, and he claimed he was 28.
When he was scolded, police found 61 indecent pictures of children on his computer, 54 of which were unique while others were duplicates.
Prosecutor Sarah Griffin gave Liverpool Crown Court the details of Hughes’ posts on the forum.
Ms Griffin said: “When she says she doesn’t know if girls her age are allowed to know things about sex, he says he knows two girls who love [perform sex acts]. “
Hughes added that after “the boys buy them Maccies [McDonald’s] and credit for the fones “.
But the court heard that Hughes had lost his job as a taxi driver since his arrest and had lived on the streets ever since.
For example, Judge Gary Woodhall gave the father a 10-month suspended sentence for two years and was ordered to perform 40 required rehabilitation activities and 150 hours of unpaid work.
He was ordered to sign the sex offender registry for 10 years and to comply with a sexual harm prevention order for seven years.
During the sentencing, the judge said: “You are 60 years old, you already have good character.
“I have read the pre-sentence report and your daughter’s letter and medical notes.
“Through the probation officer, you have accepted full responsibility for what you have done.
“You were denied contact with his adult children and contact with your son.”
The judge told Hughes, from Birkenhead, Merseyside, “sparked a sexually-oriented conversation “with the ‘girl’ in exchanges that will last nearly four months in 2019.
Ms Griffin said: “He first asks Lucy Lou if she’s curious and if she wants to talk about ‘naughty things’.”
Hughes also said “a lot of girls your age [perform sex acts]”.
Ms Griffin explained that Hughes asked “Lucy Lou” if she wanted a photo of him, after which he sent a photo of his face and asked her to do the same.
Another member of the pedophile hunter group created an account as an adult female in an attempt to get contact information, but Hughes did not respond to a message to meet, after which a third member entered. in touch.
They claimed to belong to an “online security group” and asked Hughes to meet them outside a police station, which he did and after which he was arrested.
Hughes, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to possessing 61 indecent pictures of children, making the pictures and attempting to have sexual communication with a child.
Quentin Neal, defending, said: “In the pre-sentencing report he shows remorse.
“He lost his house and since these offenses he has been on the streets for a short time.
“I would ask your honor not to impose an immediate custodial sentence.”
He told the court he was suffering from mental health issues and Mr. Neal added that there is a “prospect of rehabilitation”.