A BARRY paedophile caught in an online police sting has been jailed for two years.
“You have an unhealthy interest in pubescent children,” Recorder Mark Powell QC told 23-year-old Lee Bateman, of Wolfe Road.
The former Cash Generators employee used the photo-sharing app Instagram to pose as 16-year-old “Josh”, asking a 12-year-old schoolgirl whether she was wearing “sexy undies”.
He also pressurised her into performing a sex act.
Bateman sent the messages on April 25 and April 28 last year. Messages he sent two days later were received by an undercover police officer.
Bateman initially denied responsibility when police arrested him on May 26 after identifying his IP address.
He later admitted to two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activities and one of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.
“It’s quite clear – whether he [Bateman] chooses to accept it or not – he has an unhealthy interest in children,” said Derrick Gooden, defending.
Mr Gooden said Bateman needed help and requested a Community Order for his client.
However, Recorder Powell said Bateman’s initial denial and his “high risk” of reoffending made a custodial sentence necessary.