October 2021

Pensioner took Viagra and Blue WKD to ‘rape girl aged 12’

A pensioner who intended to rape a 12-year-old girl took a Viagra tablet and bottle of Blue WKD with him.

William Meehan, then 75, travelled from Kirkby to a swimming pool in Preston to meet up with a girl called “Jess”.

In online chats he told Jess she was his “girlfriend” and he wanted to “make love” to her while her mum was away.

But the girl was actually an undercover police officer and when he arrived at the leisure centre, he was arrested.

Meehan appeared in the dock at Liverpool Crown Court today using two crutches, a hearing aid loop and oxygen mask.

The now 76-year-old, of Cawthorne Avenue, Southdene, Kirkby, went by the username “Scouser2020” on chat room Chat Avenue, “BillyKirkby” on messaging app Kik Messenger, and “Billy Meehan” on Skype.

Kenneth Grant, prosecuting, said police found his activity on those platforms revealed a sexual interest in young girls.

On January 15 last year, he started talking with “Jess” on Chat Avenue, when Meehan told her he was 35 and claimed he’d been speaking with other girls “all over England”, aged between 11 and 19.

Meehan told Jess he could get “locked up” for speaking to a 13-year-old and she said she was actually 12, before their conversation moved to Kik.

He said he could get locked up for “grooming” and had chatted to a 12-year-old girl from Wigan, who wanted sex for money, but hadn’t taken that further.

Mr Grant said: “He stated that he had not had sex ‘for ages’ as he was a widower.”

Meehan said he could easily travel to Preston to pick her up and take her back to his house.

Mr Grant said: “He told her that she did not need to worry about getting pregnant as he had had a vasectomy.”

The OAP, who said he worked as a mechanic and drove a Ford Focus, gave Jess his phone number to chat over WhatsApp, before they talked on Skype.

On January 16, he called her “my lovely girlfriend”, said he’d bring a bottle of Blue WKD to help her “relax”, and that he wanted to “make love” to her, as opposed to just “having sex”.

Meehan said: “You tell me the day, time and place and I’ll be there.”

They arranged to meet at Fulwood Leisure Centre and Meehan told Jess he’d planned the 36-mile journey on his satnav.

On January 21 he assured her he was “absolutely serious”, had already bought the WKD and would meet after her mum dropped her off.

After arranging to meet by the vending machines, he drove to the centre on January 23, only to be arrested in the car park

Mr Grant said police seized his iPhone, the Blue WKD, a bottle opener and glass, and a “Viagra tablet that was recovered from the storage compartment under the steering wheel.”

Officer searched his home and found a laptop, which contained 22 extreme porn bestiality files.

When interviewed by police, Meehan said he was going to bring Jess home to “fondle” her, but while he’d said they could “f***”, claimed “he was impotent so that could not happen” and the Viagra was for use with a woman he’d been seeing.

When the chat logs were put to him, he moaned: “She dropped the hook and reeled me in.”

He also said he didn’t want her mum knowing “in case she notified the police”.

Meehan admitted two counts of attempted sexual communication with a child and possessing extreme porn.

But he denied attempting to facilitate the commission of a child sex offence until pleading guilty two weeks before a trial.

This was on a basis of plea, rejected by the prosecution, in which he claimed he hadn’t intended to have “penetrative sexual intercourse”.

That led to a Newton Hearing – a form of mini trial where a judge establishes disputed facts – in which his claim was rejected.

Meehan shook his head as he was jailed for three years and seven months.

He must sign the Sex Offenders Register for life and comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.