Brother of MP sent explicit images to a child and arranged to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex
The brother of Conservative MP Penny Mordaunt sent explicit images to a child and arranged to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex.
Edward Mordaunt, 44, chatted with who he believed was a 14-year-old girl called Elle on social media app KIK.
Elle was in fact a decoy managed by a police officer attempting to snare sex offenders.
Leeds Crown Court heard on Thursday Mordaunt – a chartered surveyor – messaged Elle privately on May 4 this year after being in a group chat named A-Levels in Leeds with her.
Prosecutor Katherine Robinson told the court Mordaunt had already messaged another decoy said to be a girl aged 12-years-old and told her she was gorgeous.
However, his chat turned sexual when he spoke to Elle.
Ms Robinson said: [the decoy] used the group and put a message saying about school and one person she engaged with was Eddie F. The user sent a private message and the officer accepted the defendants chat request.
The court heard the picture used on the decoys account showed her wearing a white shirt and dark tie. It told Mordaunt she was 14-years-old that day.
Ms Robinson said: He said he was an adult male. Up to 27th May the officer engaged with him on a number of occasions on KIK and Snapchat.
The court heard that during the conversations Mordaunt asked the decoy if she had ever had full sex with someone, and sent images of a mans penis to her.
Ms Robinson said Mordaunt also made comments about how he shouldnt be speaking to her and they had discussions about how it was wrong for him to be speaking to people her age.
She added that Mordaunt even mentioned setting up a “sugar baby” fund for Elle before requesting images from her.
Ms Robinson said that during the conversations Mordaunt, of Ford Avenue, Beeston, had referred to himself as Teddy Eddie and said he was like a bear and sexy” and told the decoy she was also “sexy.”
It was said that plans had been made for Mordaunt to meet the decoy, but he cancelled, and they had discussed him visiting her in Sunderland.
After May 27th, there was no further contact between the pair and Mordaunt was arrested. Mitigating Catherine Silverton said he was arrested, interviewed and kept in custody for 26 hours before his first magistrates appearance.
Recorder of Leeds Judge Guy Kearl QC said he dismissed the suggestion that as a result of the job performed by Mordaunts sister, Conservative MP Penny Mordaunt, his case had been different.
He said: I take into account that suggestion that as a result of the job performed by your sibling which is an MP your case is somewhat different to other offenders.
I sit here in this court daily and view many of these cases and as far as I can see your case has not been dealt with in anyway inappropriate or different to other cases.
Judge Kearl sentenced Mordaunt to six months in prison suspended for two years.
He told him: I take into account you used chat rooms to escape but you didnt need to engage with a female child in order to achieve thatIf you breach that order you will be sent to prison.
Mordaunt was also ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and complete 15 rehabilitation activity requirement says. He was also made the subject of a seven-year sexual harm prevention order.