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Aaron Butler sentenced to 20 months at Mold Crown Court

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Aaron Butler who was sentenced to 20 months at Mold Crown Court

A member of our team set up a fake account and Arron believed he was grooming two young girls, sending them explicit messages, was jailed Monday 24th August 2020.

However Arron Butler was in fact talking to our decoy and an undercover police officer, who were posing as underage teenage females, Mold Crown Court heard.

The 35-year-old of Cheriton Close, Connah's Quay, Flintshire, admitted three charges - one of inciting a child to commit sexual activity and two of causing a child to watch a sexual act.

A fourth charge of attempting to engage with a child in a sexually explicit conversation, was allowed to lie on file.

Although there was no victim, Butler was sentenced to 20 months in prison today by Judge Niclas Parry.

Prosecutiing, Simon Rogers, said Butler had set up a fake account of a woman running a modelling agency, to target his first 14-year-old "victim" in 2018.

He sent explicit messages and images and put pressure on the victim to supply photos, but it turned out to be a decoy from Keeping Kids Safe.

The police were called and Butler was arrested after concerns of the account having indecent images of children.

Mr Rogers said he appeared before magistrates in Mold in June this year and was committed to the Crown Court for sentencing.

However just 10 days after that, he contacted another 13-year-old "victim", with a different fake account, where he used a photo of an ex-partner and daughter.

Butler again sent explicit messages, encouraging her to send a photo and perform sex acts, but this time it turned out to be an undercover police officer and he was arrested again.

Defending, Simon Kiilleen, said Butler had no previous convictions and the impact of going into custody in the current climate would have a significant impact on him. He also said Butler's family was supporting him.

Sentencing Butler Judge Parry said he accepted he was remorseful and there were "no victims".

But the judge said: "You appeared before the magistrates court and were committed to crown court, but 10 days later, you are again trying to incite a 13-year-old girl having created a false profile which disgracefully involved you using the photo of a former partner and daughter."

Butler was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years, prohibiting him from contacting girls aged under, 16 unless under strict conditions. He is also bared from deleting history and must tell the authorities if he changes any communication devices.

He was also given a restraining order not to contact his former partner for five years.

Massive well done to our former decoy who has worked so hard and chased this case from day one.

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