A PAEDOPHILE has been jailed for four years after being convicted of inciting sexual activity with a child online and taking and possessing indecent images.
Paul Clifford, 53, of Circular Drive, Lache, Chester, was convicted at Manchester Crown Court after a nine day trial.
He was sentenced yesterday (WED) to a total of four years in prison for inciting an 11-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity online, and making and possessing indecent images. He was also made subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and made to sign the Sex Offenders Register for an indefinite period.
Concern was raised to the Metropolitan Police in London by the Social Networking Site Badoo, after a photograph of a user who was clearly under the age of 18 was discovered.
When they reviewed the chat history they found chat logs of a sexually explicit nature, during which the girl stated she was 11.
The company reported their findings to police and further inquiries identified Clifford as the user and the investigation was taken over by Cheshire Police.
In June 2011 Clifford was arrested and a number of items including computers were seized to be examined.
Over 200 indecent images were found on two laptops, a large number of which were defined as extreme pornographic images.
Speaking after the trial detective constable Yvonne Ouseley said: “Although we never actually identified and spoke to the victim in this case, the evidence spoke for itself and it was clear that Clifford had preyed on the vulnerabilities of a young girl.
“I would want to use this case to reinforce the importance of parents being aware of their children’s use of social media and the internet as they can so easily become involved in conversations with people who will prey on their innocence.”