Pervert sent texts to teen

Peterborough Crown Court.

Peterborough Crown Court.

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A pervert who tried to entice a teenager to go to a hotel for sex with him has been jailed for six and a half years.

Peterborough man Brian Riley sent scores of indecent text messages to the teen over a month long period.

Riley (53), who is black, pretended to be a ‘young white man’ called Steven in the explicit messages, sent between January and February last year.

But when his victim’s mother found out about the texts, Riley was traced by police and arrested.

He pleaded guilty to attempting to incite a child into sexual activity, making indecent images of children, and possession of indecent images of children. He was found guilty of one count of exposure at a trial earlier this year.

Sally Hobson, prosecuting, told Peterborough Crown Court: “There was a huge volume of text messages sent. He sent pictures of a young white male, and asked for her to send naked pictures of herself.

“He asked her if he could meet at a hotel in Peterborough, but she did not go.”

When he was arrested, 479 indecent images of children were found on a computer and iPhone - some of the pictures showing tots as young as two, and some showing images of child rape.

John Kirkpatrick, defending, said: “He was going through a rough patch, and was drinking too much. He was depressed about a forthcoming redundancy.”

Sentencing, Recorder Peter Murphy said:” It is important you understand that the images you had for your sexual gratification show child sexual abuse.

“Each image subjects the child to physical pain and suffering, and also psychological suffering which may last the whole of the child’s life.”

A sexual offences prevention order was put in place to protect girls aged under 18 from harm by Riley, and he has been banned from working with children.