July 2021

Mevagissey paedophile sent naked pictures of himself to girl he thought was 14

A paedophile who sent a fake account naked pictures of himself has been jailed.

Darryl Jenkins aged 39 from Mevagissey appeared at Truro Crown Court today (July 20).

Jenkins pleaded guilty to attempting sexual communication with a child and attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

Prosecuting, Daniel Pawson-Pounds, said the defendant believed he was communicating with a real child.

However, he was actually speaking to a fake account named set up by an online child protection group called the Guardian Angels.

He explained Jenkins first met the ‘girl’ on the dating website Mingle2.

She informed the defendant that she was 14-years-old and he told her he was 37.

Jenkins then asked to continue their conversation on WhatsApp and asked for her telephone number.

Mr Pawson-Pounds said: “For the first few days of a 13-day period, there was what can be described as classic grooming activity, building up the confidence of the person he believed to be the child, asking about her daily events and the like.”

However, he said: “At a certain stage in three or four days from the start of those chats, the communications became increasingly sexualised and he told her he would like to date her and repeatedly asked for a selfie photograph and said he liked cute little teens.”

Mr Pawson-Pounds said he then sent photographs of himself naked, although his penis was covered with bedding.

He then asked the ‘girl’ to send him photographs of herself in her pyjamas and sent a photograph of his erect penis to her.

He made repeated requests for her to engage with him on video chat, which she rebuffed.

Mr Pawson-Pounds said Jenkins then told her he was aroused and wanted her to give him a ‘helping hand’.

When she asked what he meant, he gave graphic details about what he wanted her to do to him.

He sent her videos of woman performing oral sex on men, Mr Pawson-Pounds said Jenkins did this ‘in a way of teaching her’.

Jenkins also tried to incite the ‘girl’ to masturbate and tell him about what she was doing.

The court heard how he repeatedly asked her to keep their conversations secret and on one occasion instructed her to delete the messages and images he sent her.

He also invited her to come to his house and sleep with him and said she could tell her mum she was staying at a friend’s house.

Mr Pawson-Pounds said Jenkins grew suspicious that she may be a decoy, but despite her refusal to engage in video chats or send any videos, it didn’t “dampen his enthusiasm”.

Instead he invited her to have a shower with him and said he wanted her to be his girlfriend.

The court heard how the defendant was arrested at his home in Mevagissey after the paedophile hunters appeared at his door.

Judge Simon Carr, said to Jenkins: “You’ve pleaded guilty I accept at the first possible opportunity to attempted sexual communication with a child and attempting to incite a child to commit sexual acts.

“You made contact with her online, from the very beginning she indicated and did so on repeated occasions that she was 14-years-old.

“You not only accepted that but referred to it in the exchanges I’ve seen.

“You have your true age at the time of 37, an age gap of 23 years.

“Initially there was some classic grooming where you showed interest in her life, what she was doing and the problems she faced.

“But over a very short period of time that became sexualised.

“Although the period of time in which you were in communication with the person you thought was 14-years-old was relatively short, the level of communication was high.

“You were asking her to send naked pictures and sexualised pictures of herself to you.

“You’re sending naked pictures of yourself to her , you sent her adult pornography being a particularly aggravating feature, you said to teach her how to perform sexual acts when you met.

“You were telling her not to tell anyone what was happening and to delete the images that had been sent.

“You repeatedly incited her to masturbate herself.

“It only stopped because those responsible for setting up the false site attended your address and the police were called.

“There was no indication it would have stopped but for that intervention.”

Judge Carr said Jenkins was previously a man of “good character” and he admitted the offences from the beginning which he will receive credit for.

He also said that a mental health treatment report indicated that Jenkins suffers from severe depression, anxiety and psychological distress.

However, he noted that the report was based on a “self-reporting exercise” and despite him believing it to be true, it does not mitigate the offences.

Judge Carr sentenced Jenkins to two and a half years in prison, and said the offences were so serious a suspended sentence would not be appropriate.

He was also placed on the sex offenders register for life and a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) was made to restrict Jenkins access to children and the internet