‘Don’t wear underwear and we’ll go to Burger King’: Paedophile tried to meet ‘13-year-old girl’ at Poundland

Leeds Crown Court
Leeds Crown Court

A pervert was arrested after turning up to a Poundland store believing he was about to meet a 13-year-old he had exchanged sexually explicit Facebook messages with.

A court heard Martin Croft, of Moor View, Crigglestone, had in fact been in contact with a woman who had set up a fake Facebook profile to test if he was a paedophile.

Leeds Crown Court heard the woman set up the profile in the hope of disproving Croft, 36, had a sexual interest in young girls in order to stop rumours in his local community.

Michael Smith, prosecuting, said the woman set up the profile and pretended to be a 13-year-old girl called Sammy.

Croft initially exchanged innocent messages but the conversation later turned sexual.

Croft then made arrangements to meet the ‘youngster’ at a Poundland store.

He told her not to wear any underwear and offered to take her to Burger King.

Croft turned up for the meeting but was instead met by West Yorkshire Police officers and arrested.

Indecent images were also found on his mobile phone and laptop.

Croft pleaded guilty to attempting to incite a girl into sexual activity, attempting to meet a girl following grooming and two offences of making indecent images of a child.

James Littlehales, mitigating, said Croft pleaded guilty to the offences at an early stage and was willing to accept treatment to address his offending.

Croft, of Moor View, Crigglestone, was ordered to take part in a three-year sex offender treatment programme.

Judge Christopher Batty said: “If Sammy was a genuine girl then I would have locked you up for as long as I possibly could.”