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Pembroke man sentenced for attempting to send sexual messages to teens

A PEMBROKE pervert contacted who he thought were three underage girls, sending one a photo of a penis and asking them for indecent photos and about the size of their breasts – but he was really talking to social media accounts run by paedophile hunters.

John Walters, 57, of Cromwell Court, appeared at Swansea Crown Court for sentencing today on Tuesday (Jun 14), having previously admitted three charges of being an adult engaging in communication of a sexual nature with a child.

Between March 28 and April 15 last year restaurant worker Walters, was in correspondence with what he believed was a 13-year-old girl. The court heard, he wrote graphically to her about sex, asked for nude photos, as well as sending her a photo of a penis.

In a second exchange with what he thought was a 12-year-old girl in May 2021 he asked the child if her breasts were developed and if she had reached puberty. Again, he persistently asked the girl for naked photos, saying that her age didn’t matter.

The final exchange of messages was with whom he believed to be a 14-year-old girl. He asked about the size of her breasts and for photos of her in her bra and in her school uniform.

The court heard that the vigilante group tracked Walters down to a restaurant in Tenby where he worked and confronted him. They then handed their evidence over to the police who seized Walters’ mobile phone.
In his police interview at Haverfordwest police station, the defendant said that he had asked one of the girls for photos as he didn’t believe who she was, not for sexual gratification, and that he had downloaded the penis photo from the internet.

Walters had a long rap-sheet, consisting of 27 previous convictions for 43 offences but nothing for ten years, and none for offences of a similar nature.

The judge sentenced Walters to a two-year community order with a 20-day rehabilitation requirement and a requirement to attend the Horizon Programme.

Walters was also made the subject of a five-year sexual harm prevention order and will be put on the sex offenders register for five years and ordered to pay £200 costs and a £95 court surcharge.