November 2021

Hull father of five offers to be ‘sugar daddy’ in graphic online chats with fake 14-year-old girl

An obsessed sexual predator was trapped after making highly explicit online suggestions to a fake 14-year-old girl and offering to be her “sugar daddy”.

Father-of-five Kevin Denholm, 57, told the decoy girl that he liked younger girls but he later branded his behaviour “vile and disgusting”.

He contacted the girl in the early hours and “very quickly” made “graphic” and extremely sexualised comments to her, Hull Crown Court heard.

Denholm, of Boulton Grove, Hull, admitted attempting to incite a girl to engage in sexual activity, sexual communication and a sexual act between July 30 and August 3 last year.

Michele Stuart-Lofthouse, prosecuting, said that the founder of a paedophile hunting group aimed at stopping online contact with children posed as a 14-year-old girl.

Denholm contacted the fake girl in the early hours and said “Hi.”

He told her that he worked on the railway and said: “I’m a lot older than you but I like younger girls. If you want a sugar daddy, I’m yours.”

The non-existent girl replied: “I’m 14, though” but he said: “Do you want to play? Do you want to chat with me?”

They exchanged mobile phone numbers and, in WhatsApp messages, Denholm made highly sexualised suggestions.

“The defendant went into graphic detail,” said Miss Stuart-Lofthouse.

“He was sexually graphic, describing numerous sexual activities. The sexual chat continued.”

Denholm sent three intimate pictures of himself and a video of himself committing a sex act and others showing pictures and videos of women.

The two discussed the possibility of meeting up but nothing specific was arranged.

The online group founder confronted Denholm and the police were alerted.

Judge John Thackray QC told Denholm: “You thought you were engaging in sexual communication with a 14-year-old girl. Thankfully, it was a decoy.

“The actual harm was mercifully none. There was a very significant disparity in age.”

Denholm had tried to conceal evidence by deleting messages.

“I accept there is some genuine remorse,” said Judge Thackray.

“Only appropriate punishment can be achieved by way of an immediate custodial sentence.”

Denholm was jailed for two years and was given a ten-year sexual harm prevention order. He must register as a sex offender for ten years.