Ashford man who pretended to be 16 to engage in sexual chat is jailed for five years

Contributed by editor on Jul 08, 2018 - 09:00 AM



Pretending to be a 16-year-old to engage in sexual conversations online has led to a man from Ashford being sentenced to five years in jail.

Darren Scott, 50 had set up an online videoing messaging account under the name of ‘boxers.andt.shirt’ to get in contact with girls, some as young as 12-years-old. Under this false name Scott would strike up conversations and ask girls what they were wearing, before asking to see the girls on camera.

Indecent images of girls

Officers carried out a warrant at his home address in Kingsnorth on 17 February, 2016 where they seized several computers, iPads and phones. They found several conversations with young girls, with Scott asking them to send him pictures and other conversations of a sexual nature. Officers found a number of indecent images of girls.

Documents on how to completely erase an iPad or iphone was also found on his works computer.

On 4 December, 2016 he was charged with three counts of attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity, one count of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, four counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and four counts of making indecent photographs of child.

Suspended IT worker at Kent Police

During the trial at Maidstone Crown Court Scott, a suspended IT worker at Kent Police denied the offences, but was found guilty on Friday 6 July.

He was sentenced to a total of five years.

Detective Chief Inspector Keith Roberts said: “Scott had spent hours over a two year period preying on young females for his own gratification and never accepted any responsibility.

“He clearly poses a risk to children and the graphic detail he included in his messages was hugely concerning.

“We will use the full extent of our technical and legal capabilities to investigate people who think it is acceptable to abuse innocent children and put offenders before the courts.

“This also serves as a timely reminder that all parents, grandparents and carers need to be aware of what their children are doing online, which includes tablets and smartphones. The internet is a wonderful tool but one that comes with its own set of dangers that everyone needs to be mindful of.”

Upon his arrest Scott was immediately suspended from the force.

Now that judicial proceedings have concluded officers from the Professional Standards Department will continue an internal conduct investigation.

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