jail for Highbridge man caught travelling to abuse girl
Highbridge man who attempted to travel from Somerset to Kent to
sexually abuse an eight year-old girl has been sentenced to 10
years in jail.
Collins, 51, from Highbridge exchanged various messages with two
women in which he described how he wanted to carry out sexual
acts on their daughter - unaware that he was communicating with
undercover police officers.
the morning of 17th April Collins attempted to hitch-hike his
way to Maidstone in Kent to meet the women.
he sent a text message to one of the women stating that he was
having difficulty hitching lifts and had only managed to travel
100 miles in the 17 hours since he had left his house.
from Kent Polices paedophile online investigation team arrested
Collins on the slip road of a motorway.
a police interview, Collins claimed that he wouldnt have
actually gone through with the act, and if the women were
really going to let him then he was going to alert the appropriate
added that the only type of relationship he wanted to have with
the girl was an "uncle type relationship".
was later charged with arranging the commission of a child sexual
offence and arranging the involvement in pornography of a child
under the age of 13.
a trial at Maidstone Crown Court, Collins was found guilty of
both offences and has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
has also been given an extended licence period of two years. A six-year
sentence for arranging child pornography will run concurrently
to his 10-year sentence.
Constable Mikaela Leahy from Kent Police said: "David Collins
made it quite clear that he was absolutely determined to commit
very serious sexual offences against children in Kent."
was only when faced with the consequences of his actions, that
he claimed that the detailed plans and effort that he made was
only pretend. I am pleased that through the good work of the team
we were able to ensure that no child was ever harmed by Collins,
and that he now faces the consequences of his abhorrent desires."
must understand that Kent Police will use imagination and the
full extent of the legal framework to identify and bring to justice
such people in our efforts to protect the most vulnerable in society."