A sick pervert who sent ‘absolutely disgusting’ messages to schoolgirls has been jailed.
Jamie Lines downloaded child abuse images and began messaging ‘girls’ online, at least two of whom were actually undercover police officers.
The 31-year-old told them he wanted to have sex with them, even though the girls told him they were 13 years old.
He asked a victim to send photos of herself wearing fewer clothes and showed him a photo of her genitals, reports Stoke-on-Tent Live.
The vile predator also sent her a message with photos of a woman’s private parts, telling her he wanted to perform a sexual act on her, before sending a video of her performing a sexual act on himself.
Lines asked a second girl, who told him she was 13, if she wanted to perform a sex act on him, graphically described how they would have sex, and repeatedly asked for nude photos.
And he sent a third girl who he understood to be 11 years old ‘absolutely disgusting’ messages.
Now Lines has been jailed for three and a half years at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
Prosecutor Ben Lawrence said police executed a search warrant at the defendant’s address on May 26, 2019. Lawrence said: “A Samsung mobile phone was seized. There were illegal images and evidence of sending sexualized messages and images to other people, girls. “
The police found three still images and four moving images in category A, the most serious; two still images and three films in category B; 26 still images and one moving image in category C; and a still accessible pornographic image.
Lawrence said: “He admits to downloading indecent images in 2018 and 2019.
“The accused was in contact with three young women who used kik. Two of the girls were police officers from the South West of England.”
On January 28, 2019, he sent a message to one of the girls, saying, ‘Hello beautiful.’ She responded months later, on April 9.
Lawrence said, “He said she was 26. She told him she was 13. He asked if she was single. He said she was pretty and kind and sweet and beautiful. He said she could be his girlfriend.”
“On April 15, 2019, he told her that she meant everything to him. He said he could drive to meet her. She had stolen his heart and he would always love her. He asked her if she was okay dating an older man. He said he wanted to have sex with her and be her first and only love.”
Lines told the girl that he had performed a sexual act on himself while thinking about her and asked for photos of her with less clothing. He showed her a picture of her private parts.
He sent him photos of a woman’s private parts and told him he wanted to perform a sexual act on her. He sent her a video of himself performing a sexual act on himself.
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Lines requested ‘naughty pictures’ of the girl.
On May 7, 2019, the defendant said he hoped the girl was real and “not some catfish trying to arrest him.”
And on June 21, 2019, they discussed travel arrangements for her to get to the defendant’s home in North Staffordshire.
Lines had similar sexualized conversations with another girl. He told her that she was beautiful. She told him that she was 13 and he said that she was 27.
Lawrence said: “He said her lips were so pretty he wanted to kiss her. He asked if she could skip school and spend the day with him. He said the four and a half hour drive to Dorset wasn’t too bad if they wanted us to it will work.
“He asked her if she wanted to perform a sexual act with him.
“He graphically described how they would have sex. He repeatedly asked for nude photos.”
In his interview with the police, the defendant said that he had an addiction to pornography and that he had access to a support group.
Lines, of Haregate Road, Leek, pleaded guilty to three counts of taking indecent photos of a child; possession of an extreme pornographic image; three counts of attempted sexual communication with a child; attempting to provoke or entice a child to engage in penetrative sexual activity; and two counts of attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act.
Hamish Noble, mitigating, admitted that the offense was serious. He said: “At the time he was living alone. His only relationship was with his brother. He was under significant stress at work, his father had a serious heart attack, his grandfather had cancer. These were all factors that caused the defendant some distress. .
“It is accepted that the conversations are shocking. The purpose, she says, was to use them as a way to receive indecent images.”
Noble said that two of the three females were decoys and it is not known if the third was. He said the defendant, who has no prior convictions or warnings, did not pretend to be a child.
Noble added: “I had no intention of traveling. It was discussed but only in general terms. I had no intention of physical contact.”
Judge Paul Glenn said: “There is evidence of grooming. You paid the first girl compliments. You went on to have sexually explicit conversations.”
“You asked him to send you naughty photos or videos.”
He said the defendant’s comments to the third girl were “totally disgusting.”
Judge Glenn added: “He is clearly sexually attracted to children, despite his denial.
“You gave little or no thought to the damage and pain you could be causing. You prioritized your own sexual gratification.
“You were grooming her to engage in sexual activities with you. But no sexual activity occurred, not for lack of effort on your part, but because there was no real child.
“It is so serious that only immediate custody is appropriate.”
Lines was placed on an indefinite sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) and placed on the sex offender registry for the rest of his life. And he was prohibited from a variety of activities involving children and vulnerable adults.
Speaking after the case, Detective Constable Shaun Ashworth, the officer in charge of the case, said: “Lines abused the trust of strangers on the Internet and committed sinister acts on vulnerable children.
“I am happy that we have been able to deliver justice and I hope that this sentence will serve as a reminder that these heinous criminals will be treated accordingly.”