January 2020

Paedophile caught by undercover cops

A paedophile who had a bag of children’s underwear in his house was snared by two undercover police officers posing on chat rooms.

Kevin Watson, 56, engaged in sexually explicit chats with two officers – one who was pretending to be a 13-year-old boy and another who said he was the dad of a 10-year-old girl.

Watson, from Stretford, Trafford, made arrangements to meet with the ‘girl’ via her father, telling him to give her a ‘soft drink with some vodka in it’ beforehand.

In chats with the ‘boy’, Watson asked if there were any ‘quiet places to park up’ near his home and said he wanted to perform sex acts on him.

Now Watson, who sent an inappropriate image, has been jailed for 26 months.

Manchester Crown Court heard Watson first came to the attention of police after a device using IP address linked to his home was found to have uploaded indecent images of children to the internet.

Police searched his home and found a bag of children’s underwear, as well as computer equipment which contained 67 indecent images, prosecutor Chloe Fordham said.

Later Watson began chatting online with an undercover office posing as ‘Luke’, who he said was a 13-year-old boy.

He soon began sexualised chat with the ‘boy’ and said he was ‘curious’.

Watson, who searched online for terms including ‘naked teens’ and ‘naked mums and daughters’ was again traced by his IP address and police searched his home.

Despite knowing he was under suspicion, he carried on and began chatting with another undercover officer, ‘Simon’, posing as the father of a 10-year-old girl.

Watson asked for pictures of her and made arrangements to meet up so he could sexually abuse her.

He spoke on the phone with Simon and investigated getting the train to meet her, but he ultimately didn’t go through with it.

Watson was arrested at his home.

He later told officers that he would never abuse any children, and that it was just ‘fantasy’.

While sending the messages he was drunk, Watson said, and he would often drink 14 to 16 cans of Stella a day.

Electronic items were seized which were found to contain a further 55 indecent images of children.

Watson, of Poplar Street, Stretford, pleaded guilty to attempting to incite a child to sexual activity; one count of attempting to sexually communicate with a child; five counts of possessing indecent images; and one count of arranging an act which would involve the commission of a child sex offence.