January 2020

Man who thought he was sending sexual messages to girl, 12 was snared by cops in grooming sting

A man who thought he was sending sexual messages to a 12-year-old girl ended up falling into a trap set by cops.

Ben Waller also believed he was talking to the child’s mother online – meanwhile he was telling the child in explicit terms what he wanted to do to her.

But the 43-year-old of Church Road, Worthenbury near Wrexham was not really talking to a mother and her daughter, but police officers tasked with identifying those who groom youngsters over the internet.

At Mold Crown Court today, he was jailed for 21 months after admitting attempting to incite a girl under the age of 13 to engage in sexual acts and attempted sexual communication with a child.

He was made the subject of a life-time sexual harm prevention order and was ordered to register indefinitely with the police as a sex offender.

The court heard how back in 2008 he had been handed a suspended prison term for making and downloading indecent images of children.

Judge Rhys Rowlands told him that the present offences, dating back to July of last year, were very serious.

In the messages, Waller made it clear that he was sexually interested in children.

There were exchanges of messages on KIK and Whatsapp before he went on to directly message the supposed 12 year old girl, telling her in explicit terms what he would like to do with her.

He even acknowledged the fact that he could get into trouble and that it was against the law.