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Paedophile jailed for string of sex offences

Wayne Booker, convicted paedophile from Lancing

Wayne Booker, convicted paedophile from Lancing

A PAEDOPHILE who pleaded guilty to a string of child-sex offences was jailed for five years on Thursday.

Wayne Booker, 53, of Crabtree Lane, Lancing, was caught in a police sting when he travelled to Kent armed with a stock of condoms and other items of a sexual nature, expecting sex with girls aged 11 and seven.

Booker, an architect with a history of charitable work with children, admitted three counts of assisting with or arranging child-sex offences, 11 of distributing child porn, plus several counts of making and possessing child-sex images.

An undercover officer had contacted Booker online and had told him he had two daughters, Maidstone Crown Court heard.

When Booker arrived in Kent to meet them, police were waiting for him.

The court heard Booker had sent the officer books and videos, including a four-minute ‘tutorial’ on how to abuse a child.

Judge Michael Carroll said Booker had intended to sexually exploit children and represented a ‘significant risk of causing serious harm’ in the future.

He gave Booker an extended sentence, meaning he must serve at least two thirds of it and will be on licence for four years after his release.

Judge Carroll said: “Not only were you an avid distributor of this filth, but in possession of a large amount, probably for your own gratification.

“You then went beyond that and, to put it bluntly, wanted to put your fantasies clearly into practice.”

The defendant had sent nearly 300 child-porn images to the undercover officer and, when his computer was probed, police found 3,500 more.

Booker’s counsel, John Fitzgerald, said his client had, until now, ‘led a blameless and constructive life’.

Booker’s name will now appear on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely and he will be banned from working with children.

 
 
 

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