A perverted Plymouth retiree trapped by pedophile hunters after planning sex with an underage has walked out of court.
Former soldier Brian Rees, 66, tried to arrange a meeting with a child over 50 years younger than him, a court heard
He also sent the girl videos of himself performing an indecent act – but in fact, he was chatting with an adult decoy all the time.
In fact, Rees didn’t hold the scheduled meeting after researching places to have sex in Exeter, Plymouth Crown Court understood.
The UK pedophile hunter database turned over the vile chat logs to the police.
Judge James Townsend has said he could suspend Rees’ prison sentence due to his good character, poor health and guilty plea.
He said the offenses were serious.
But Judge Townsend added: “I have to reflect the fact that there were no casualties, no children and no harm was done.”
Married Rees received treatment for sex offender.
Rees, from Marina Road, St Budeaux, pleaded guilty to organizing or committing a sexual offense against a child on February 11 last year.
He also admitted to the possession and distribution of indecent images of children.
Michael Brown, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Rees started chatting with the lure on social media in January of last year.
He added that the defendant had suggested switching to the Klik instant messaging app.
Mr Brown said the girl, whose name was Georgia, made it clear that she was only 13 years old.
The lawyer added: “He said she was beautiful and said he was fascinated by her.”
Mr Brown said the cat had become “more and more sexualized” and Rees said he wanted to have sex with her and touch her indecently.
The court heard that he also sent “Georgia” two videos of himself masturbating.
Mr Brown said: “At various points in their conversation the accused told him not to tell anyone. He freely admitted that he wanted her to be 16 for things to be legal.
The lawyer said they made an appointment at Exeter, but Rees made an excuse and canceled the meeting.
The court heard that the police had opened an investigation when the group handed over the discussion logs.
Mr Brown said he discovered that Rees downloaded and shared indecent pictures of children from his iPad. He had also searched for “places to have sex in public in Exeter” on the computer.
Michael Green, for Rees, said that the fact that his client turned 66 without a conviction “carried a lot of weight.”
He added that Rees had been waiting since last February to get his sentence.
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Mr Green said the accused had been in the military for “a number of years” and then held several other jobs.
He added that he had been married for over 30 years and that his wife supported him after a first separation. The court heard that she also had health problems.
Judge Townsend sentenced Rees to 16 months in jail, but suspended her for two years, along with the Horizon Sex Offender Treatment Program.
The accused will be on sex offender treatment for a decade and has received a Sexual Injury Prevention Order for the same period. This will allow the police to monitor their internet usage.
Rees also has to pay £ 360 in prosecution costs and the judge has ordered his iPad destroyed.
Explaining his sentence, Judge Townsend said the starting point if Rees had had sex with a real girl would have been five years old. But he added that he had to cut that down because she was a decoy.
He also ruled out the term due to his guilty plea and good character, reaching a level where he could be suspended.