November 2011

Internet paedophile spared jail after pestering girl, 12, for sex

A JUDGE spared a paedophile jail so he could “get help” after he admitted pestering a 12-year-old for sex.

Robert Broughton, 24, befriended the girl on Facebook and bombarded her with flirtatious messages, Derby Crown Court heard

When the child told him she was 12, Broughton replied: “Age doesn’t bother me.”

The shocked girl told her mother, who alerted police.

Officers arrested Broughton, of North Parade, Derby, and later found 28 movies of child sex abuse and bestiality on his computer.

Broughton pleaded guilty to inciting an under-13 to have sex, five counts of making indecent images of children and one count of possessing of extreme pornography.

Judge Andrew Hamilton told Broughton his offending was so serious “an immediate custodial sentence would be appropriate”.

However, the judge decided to send him on a rehabilitation programme instead, after a psychologist’s report said he would respond well.

The report said Broughton had been “open and frank” about his urges towards children and he wanted help.

He now lived alone after he voluntarily moved out of his parents’ house, so as not to put his young sister at risk.

Judge Hamilton said: “You were at pains to stress you never want to do anything like this again.”

The jail reprieve came despite a plea from the girl’s mother for Broughton to be jailed for “a long time”.

In a victim impact statement, the mother said she and her daughter, who cannot be identified, had been left with “scars” that meant they had “a long road to recovery because of what this man did”.

Sarah Allen, prosecuting, told the court that the girl allowed her mother to listen in to a phone conversation between her and Broughton.

In the call, the defendant spoke of “what he’d like to do” to the girl, said Miss Allen.

The mother had planned to entrap Broughton by turning up at the place he arranged to meet her daughter but was so alarmed by the call she immediately told the police.

Miss Allen spoke about Broughton seeing a photograph of the girl.

“When the complainant indicated she was 10 in the picture, the defendant made sexually explicit comments,” Miss Allen said.

Out of the 28 illegal movies found on his computer, one was classed category one, nine in category two, 16 in category four and two at the worst level – category five.

James Horne, for Broughton, said his client was “appalled and disgusted” by his behaviour and that he “wants to take whatever steps are necessary to reduce the risk he poses.”

Broughton was given a three-year community order. He must complete the rehabilitation programme and also 150 hours’ unpaid work.

He was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for five years and banned from working with children.