August 2019

Whisper app paedophile who called himself Daddy is ‘the worst fear of every parent’

A paedophile groomed a 13-year-old girl before taking her to his parents’ home to sexually assaulting her while they were out.

Married dad-of-three Timothy Edward Smith made contact with the girl on the social media site Whisper – exchanging explicit messages with her in which he called himself ‘Daddy’.

He took her for a walk with his dog, on which they held hands and kissed.

But the next time they met up, he took the girl to his parent’s empty house and sexually assaulted her.

At the same time, he was grooming a second young girl. He told her she was gorgeous and, as she put it to police, “made her feel like a princess”.

But he then persuaded her to send naked photographs of herself, and suggested picking her up from school so she could “lose her virginity” with him.

His crimes were uncovered when the first girl told school friends about 38-year-old Smith, and they were so concerned they told her mum.

The girl’s mum then went to police, and on his arrest, Edwards gave a ‘no comment’ answer to all the questions they asked him.

At Mold crown court today, Judge Niclas Parry said the case highlighted the “real danger of social media” and was “the worst fear of parents”.

The court heard Smith’s interest in children was clear from the horrific images of child abuse that were found on his electronic devices.

The judge told him he had “an utter disregard for the feelings of his victim”.

One of them was said to be so distressed that there were sexually explicit photographs of her that might be seen by others that she considered self-harming.

The court heard from Edwards’ defence barrister Robin Boag that his wife had left him and he was going to lose his job.

He said Smith had been under stress at the time of the offences, and that he had had the case hanging over him for two years.

Judge Parry jailed Smith for six years and nine months, made him register as a sex offender for life.

A lifetime order aimed at preventing him from committing any further sexual harm to victims was also imposed.

Smith, of Turner Close in Wrexham , had previously pleaded guilty to:

  • Two charges of sexual communication with a child

  • Three charges of sexual activity with a child

  • One charge of inciting a child to engage in a sexual act

  • One charge of attempting to arrange a child sex offence

  • Downloading 20 category A  images of children and 28 Category B and 108 Category C images

  • Possessing four prohibited images of children.

He denied two charges of causing a child to watch a sexual act. These were allowed to remain on his file.