A 37-year-old Isle of Wight man will appear before the Crown Court in November after pleading guilty to attempting to meet a child for sex at Victoria Rec in Newport.
Paul Allen, from Hinton Road in Carisbrooke, was caught when he started talking to a 13-year-old boy online – but the child was actually an undercover Police officer.
The Isle of Wight Magistrates Court recently heard how Allen used the popular dating app Grindr to talk to the ‘child’, asking ‘what turns him on’. The conversation – which became more graphic – then switched to the app Snapchat.
Allen – a father himself – arranged to meet the 13-year-old boy at nearby Victoria Recreation Ground, suggesting they could then go back to the child’s home for sexual intercourse. The park is located close to 3 schools.
Hampshire Constabulary was alerted to the arranged meet and found Allen exiting the park with Snapchat open on his phone. He was swiftly arrested and a search of his property was carried out.
It was during a search of the address that officers found a quantity of cannabis, leading to a second charge of possession of a Class B drug.
Paul Allen pleaded guilty to arranging/facilitating the commission of a child sex offence and possession of a Class B drug when he appeared before Magistrates on 28th September.
The case has been committed to the Isle of Wight Crown Court for sentencing on 10th November.
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