Monday, January 14, 2008

Robert Wynn - Internet Predator

An internet predator was caught after a detective pretended to be a 13-year-old Edinburgh girl in a teenage chatroom.

Robert Wynn told his "under-age" contact he would get a train to the capital and book a hotel room for them.

But police carried out a raid at Wynn's home in Hull, in Humberside, and seized computer equipment.

Wynn, 20, later admitted at Edinburgh Sheriff Court he had asked for the meet in August 2006. Sentence was deferred.

Sheriff John Horsburgh QC deferred sentence on Wynn until next month for the preparation of a background report and risk assessment.

The sheriff also ordered that Wynn should be put on the sex offenders' register.

In November that year, Det Con Liam Walker was deployed in a chatroom aged at teenagers using the covert identification of Rachel aged 13.

The court heard "Rob" initiated chat on the web and it became of a "sexually explicit nature".

In January last year Wynn again engaged Rachel in chat. Fiscal Ross Mackay said the conversation was of "highly sexually orientated".

He added: "The accused stated he wanted to meet Rachel for the purpose of sex."

During a further chat in April he asked her if she would travel to Hull, but this was declined.

During an interview he initially denied chatting to children and using his webcam for sexual purposes.

But he later admitted he had asked to meet Rachel for sex and said he would travel to Edinburgh.

First offender Wynn also denied having a sexual attraction to children.

He admitted a breach of protection of children and prevent of sexual offences legislation between 9 January and 26 April last year by intending to engage in unlawful sexual activity.

He also admitted distributing or showing indecent images of children.

Defence solicitor Philip Templeton said Wynn had not taken any further steps over booking train tickets or a hotel room.

No comments: