February 2023

Paedophile who arranged to meet young girls in hotel jailed

A former carer from Cambridgeshire, who arranged to meet two young girls aged seven and 11 years old so that he could rape them, has been jailed for more than five years.

Daniel Paul Chisnall , 48, from Huntingdon, was arrested by National Crime Agency officers at a pub in the town in December last year, before he was able to check in to a nearby hotel where he planned to carry out the abuse.

Prior to his arrest, he had discussed his sexual interest in children with other paedophiles on the Kik online chat platform, WhatsApp and via email.

Using a pseudonym, he messaged a user who said he had access to two girls, aged seven and 11.

He spoke intimately to his online contact about the children and how we wanted to rape them when they met.

Officers searched his address following his arrest and his devices were seized.

Forensic examination showed his phone contained 12 IIOC (indecent images of children) in categories A-C (A being the most severe). A further five IIOC in categories A and C had been printed out as poster-sized documents.

Chisnall, who drove a minibus in his job as a carer for vulnerable adults, was charged with one count of arranging or facilitating the commission of sexual assault of a child, one count of making IIOC (categories A-C), and one count of possessing IIOC.

He pleaded guilty at Cambridge Crown Court on 16 January and was sentenced to five years and two months imprisonment at Huntingdon Crown Court today (17 February).

He has been placed on the sex offenders register for life and is also subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.