September 2022

Jail for Bedford man caught talking to ‘underage girls’ in police sting

A Bedford paedophile was sentenced to 46 months in jail after being caught in a police sting.

Aaron Dawe, 36, believed he was talking to two 12-year-old girls called ‘Kirsty’ and ‘C’ but they really decoy officers.

Prosecutor Max Hardy told Luton crown court said Dawe had engaged in sexually conversations with Kirsty. He sent her explicit images of himself and asked her to perform sexual acts.

She had told him she was aged 12 and from Wales. He said he was a 34-year-old male from London, commenting, “So you like older men.”

Mr Hardy said when Dawe was arrested in March last year his phone was seized and it was discovered he had been talking explicitly to the other police decoy called ‘C’. She also said she was aged 12.

Dawe of Garfield Street, Bedford appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty to two charges of causing or attempting to incite the sexual exploitation of a child.

Defending, Nasreen Tincey gave the judge a letter from Dawe’s wife in which she said the offences were “completely out of character.”

She said the factory worker had been separated from his wife at the time, had started a new job and was isolated.

Judge Steven Evans told him: “Your ultimate purpose was to gain some sort of sexual satisfied from contact with 12-year-old girls.”

He must abide by the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years and register indefinitely as a sex offender.