July 2019

Paedophile told fictitious 13-year-old he would ‘give her a seeing to’

A pervert was caught grooming a fictitious 13-year-old girl by a group targeting online sex offenders.

Michael Buckley, 34, tried to meet the underage girl for sex in Edinburgh, giving explicit details of what he wanted to do.

But he was not speaking to a young girl at all, but an adult pretending to be a child, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Buckley was communicating with a member of a group which identifies possible child sex predators.

Buckley was snared by the group in April.

Prosecutor Nigel Soppitt said Buckley contacted a false account and started making “flirtatious” conversation, claiming he was 22.

The next day, “matters became more intense” as Buckley asked the girl to meet him in the Scottish capital.

He suggested staying at a B&B and carrying out sexual acts and explained sexual terms to her.

He said he would “give her a seeing to” and could be her first sexual experience.

He asked her for pictures and sent her a photo of his genitals, another with his top off and one, strangely, depicting him in a line-up.

The group contacted the police, Buckley was arrested and owned up to searching for profiles and sending the messages.

He confessed to officers he had a sexual interest in 13-year-old girls, but later denied that to a probation officer.

Buckley, of Stone Street, central Middlesbrough, admitted attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child, attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and arranging or facilitating a child sex offence.

Judge Howard Crowson said the Child Online Safety Team’s purpose was diverting sex offenders from harming real children.

The Court of Appeal ruled that such offenders’ culpability was not affected if they were not speaking to a real child, he added.

The judge told Buckley: “The offence you sought to arrange was full sexual intercourse.

“You had done it having groomed her the day before.

“The conversation had changed from flirtatious to overtly sexual.

“What you were proposing was clearly illegal. You talked about the sexual acts you desired.”

Judge Crowson took into account the “particularly difficult challenges” Buckley faced.

He added: “You function at something around about child level in terms of your intellectual self.”

Buckley was jailed for two years and four months.

He was given a sexual harm prevention order governing his contact with under-16s and computer use, and will be on the sex offenders’ register, both for 10 years.