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Paedophile pretended to be teenage boy to groom girl, 14

Nicholas Axon was jailed at Canterbury Crown Court Photo: Kent Police

A convicted paedophile from Kent who pretended to be a teenage boy to encourage a 14-year-old girl to send him indecent images of herself has been jailed.

Nicholas Axon told his victim that he was 17 years old when he met her through a social networking site, Kent Police said.

They exchanged phone numbers and Axon encouraged the girl, from the West Midlands, to send him indecent pictures, a spokesman said.

But the 64-year-old, of Canterbury Road, Charing, near Ashford, was arrested after the girl's father accidentally found an audio message from Axon on his daughter's phone while transferring data and reported the matter to the police.

Officers discovered Axon, who was jailed for 18 months in 2010 for distributing and making indecent images of children, had breached a sexual offences prevention order.

He told the officers who arrested him: "I didn't want to go inside again. I'll go inside for this, even though I didn't know their age."

Axon pleaded guilty to breaching a sexual offences prevention order, possessing indecent images of children and inciting a girl to engage in sexual activity, and was jailed for four years and four months at Canterbury Crown Court.

Detective Sergeant David Shipley, from the Kent Police child exploitation investigation team, said: "I would encourage parents to speak to their children about safe use of the internet, and the dangers of speaking to people they don't know online.

"I'm pleased that in this case we have been able to send Axon back to prison for breaching an order that was already in place, and for preying on a 14-year-old girl who believed she was speaking to a teenage boy."