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Saturday, 29 November 2014

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Man sent sex messages to police officer, Carlisle court told

A man who sent sexual messages to a Cumbrian police officer thinking she was a 13-year-old girl has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Stephen Williams was "lonely" while working in Kendal, away from home, when he found the "schoolgirl" on a social media website on which people aged over 18 can find "adult companionship".

He sent her messages which became increasingly sexual and ended by getting her to watch him as he performed a sex act in front of his webcam.

Only later did he discover that the "girl" was in fact a policewoman posing as a child.

At Carlisle Crown Court, Williams, 34, of Clayford Way, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to attempting to engage in sexual activity with a child and attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual behaviour.

He was given an 18-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and put on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

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