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Man communicated with undercover detectives while attempting to travel to Kent to sexually abuse a girl

David Collins sentences to 10 years in prison for attempting to travel to Kent to sexually abuse a girl Credit: Kent Police

A man who attempted to travel from Somerset to Kent to sexually abuse an eight year-old girl has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

David Collins, 51 years-old, of Highbridge in Somerset, exchanged various messages with two women where he described how he would like to carry out sexual acts on their daughter. He described how he would bring her gifts when he visited and expressed his excitement at the opportunity to carry out sexual acts on the girl.

On the morning of 17 April Collins attempted to hitch-hike his way to Maidstone in Kent to meet the women. However, 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.

Collins was unaware that he had been communicating with undercover police officers, and detectives from Kent Police’s paedophile online investigation team arrested Collins on a slip road of the M4 in Somerset.

In interview Collins claimed that he wouldn’t have actually have gone through with the act, and if the women were really going to let him then he was going to alert the appropriate authorities. He added that the only type of relationship he wanted to have with the girl was an ‘uncle type relationship’.

Collins 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.

Following a trial at Maidstone Crown Court, Collins was found guilty of both offences and on 27 November sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was also given an extended licence period of two years. A six-year sentence for arranging child pornography will run concurrently to his 10-year sentence.

David Collins made it quite clear that he was absolutely determined to commit very serious sexual offences against children in Kent. It 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. People 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.

– Detective Constable Mikaela Leahy, Kent Police

Kent man jailed for sexually abusing young girl

Michael Anderson has been imprisoned after sexually abusing a girl Credit: Kent Police

A Northfleet man has been jailed for 13 years after abusing a young girl.

Michael Anderson, 52-years-old, from Haynes Road, was caused at Maidstone Crown Court of oral rape, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and five counts of sexual assault.

Anderson was also charged with causing a child to watch a sexual act and making indecent images of children.

He was arrested on May 20, 2012 but denied all allegations but was later re-arrested where indecent images were found by officers from Kent Police.

Investigating officer Detective Constable, Fleur Hardie of Kent Police, said: "I hope this sentence reinforces the point that Kent Police supports all victims, and their families, involved in such despicable crimes. We will investigate thoroughly and do our best to put offenders before the courts."