Paedophile who arranged to meet ‘seven-year-old girl’ for sex after offering her ‘dad’ £200 in cash and a Burger King is jailed for three years
- Dean O’Neil agreed to pay £200 cash and a Burger King meal to abuse young girl
- O’Neil thought he was talking to father but it was actually an undercover officer
- At Derby Crown Court, he said he was ashamed for writing ‘disgusting messages’
- Dean O’Neil was jailed for three years and must sign sex offenders register after admitting attempting to meet a girl aged under 13 following sexual grooming
Dean O’Neil has been jailed for three years after offering to pay £200 and a Burger King meal to abuse a young child
A paedophile who arranged to meet a child for sex after offering who he thought was her father £200 and a Burger King has been jailed for three years.
Dean O’Neil also bought make-up and clothes as gifts for the seven-year-old girl after negotiating the deal with her father.
But the person he was speaking to was actually an undercover police officer posing as her father earlier this year.
When the officer went to the defendant’s address to arrest him two days before the arranged meet, O’Neil tried to flee out of the back door but he was caught and the gifts he had bought were found at his home.
Jailing him for three years at Derby Crown Court, Recorder Balraj Bhattia said: ‘What you did was with some enthusiasm.
‘You discussed when, where and how much you would pay to sexually abuse what you thought would be a seven-year-old girl.
‘You booked a Travelodge in Swanwick, you discussed exactly what could and could not be done (to her).
‘You went on to explain that you were sexually aroused and how much you were looking forward to this particular encounter.
‘You purchased a number of items that were gifts. This was grooming.’
Mark Achurch, prosecuting, said the undercover officer posed as the seven-year-old’s father and began communicating with O’Neil over the social media app Kik.
He said in a chat room the pair discussed a price and location where the defendant could sexually abuse the young girl.
Mr Achurch said it was £200 and a Burger King meal for the girl and so O’Neil booked the Travelodge in Swanwick for April 1, this year.
O’Neil was jailed for three years and must sign the sex offenders register at Derby Crown Court after admitting to attempting to meet a girl aged under 13 following sexual grooming
He said: ‘The defendant told the father he had bought make up, pyjamas and clothing for the daughter and admitted he looked at child porn.
‘On March 30 the officer went to his address and the defendant tried to escape out of the back door but was caught.
‘A search of the property discovered the items he had bought as gifts for the girl.’
O’Neil, of Ironville, pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a girl aged under 13 following sexual grooming.
He has 16 previous convictions for 33 offences but nothing of a similar nature.
His barrister, Gareth Gimson, asked the court if his client could address the court himself and read out an apology letter.
After Recorder Bhattia agreed to the request the defendant, on a link from HMP Nottingham, said: ‘Can I just say I feel deeply ashamed at myself for writing those disgusting messages.
‘It is not like me to act this way, I was brought up better.
‘I have brought shame on myself and my family and I will not commit a crime like this ever again.’
Mr Gimson said his client, diagnosed as schizophrenic, suffered physically at the hands of his ‘violent bully’ of a father growing up.
He said: ‘He presents, in some ways, rather childlike and he is mystified at how he ended up doing what he did.
‘He said he was on that site and found himself getting deeper and deeper and deeper in that exchange.
‘He bought the presents, he booked the hotel and he is mystified as to why he did it.’
As well as the prison term, Recorder Bhattia handed O’Neil a 10-year sexual harm prevention order.
He will also be on the sex offender register for the rest of his life.
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