Andrew Snee – Cheltenham

April 2022

Cheltenham man, 51, tried to arrange sex session with whole family including young girls

A 51-year-old Cheltenham man who tried to arrange a sex session with a whole family, including two sisters aged seven and 14, has received a two-year suspended prison sentence.

Jurors at Gloucester Crown Court heard at a trial in February that Andrew Snee, of Old Bath Road, Cheltenham, got involved in an internet chatroom conversation with people using the names ‘Lucy and Danny’ who were offering sex acts with themselves and their children in lurid detail.

Prosecutor Mark Worsley said that ‘Lucy and Danny’ – who have never been identified – told Snee that he would be able to have sex with their daughters as well as the mother.

During the trial, the prosecutor revealed that ‘Lucy and Danny’ had not been identified but were believed to be paedophile hunters.

It was accepted that no meeting or sex session with Snee ever took place.

The conversation between Snee and ‘Lucy and Danny’ had been found on Snee’s Samsung Galaxy tablet after the police raided his home on December 19, 2019.

Mr Worsley said whether there really was such a family that was prepared to have sex with Snee, the prosecution case was that he wanted it to happen and he was trying to ensure it did.

“He clearly thought that what he was participating in was not fantasy but reality. He thought he was in touch with a corrupted family and that he would be having sex with a number of people including young children,” Mr Worsley added.

Snee was found guilty of both charges against him of arranging or facilitating child sex offences involving a child of 7 and another of 14 between June 19 and December 26, 2019.
The judge, Recorder John Trevaskis, said that a specialist psychological report on Snee had been requested after the February conviction, but this had not been completed.

But Snee’s pre-sentence report had been prepared by the probation service and as this included most of the information he needed he would be able to pass sentence, he said.

Recorder Trevaskis said the report suggested that Snee was vulnerable and suggestible.

He told Snee: “You were arrested in December 2019 and your electronic devices were seized. Police found evidence of a conversation on your tablet computer on a social media chatroom in which you were in contact with a man whom you believed to be arranging to have sex with his 14-year-old daughter and her younger sister, aged seven.

“In fact, there was no child victim. The correspondent had used the internet facility to identify paedophiles. An exchange ensued which ultimately led to your arrest.

“You had discussed having oral and full sexual intercourse with the children. There were two intended victims and because of this, your case crosses the custody threshold.

The judge sentenced Snee to a two-year prison term, but suspended it for two years. He ordered that Snee should attend 40 rehabilitation activity requirement days and participate in a new skills programme which addresses sex offending.

The judge placed Snee on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and subjected him to the terms of a sexual harm prevention order limiting his use of the internet for the same time period.

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