30th Mar, 2017

Predatory paedophile pleads guilty to numerous child sex offences

Correspondent 20th Mar, 2017 Updated: 20th Mar, 2017

A PREDATORY paedophile who preyed on girls from around the country after grooming them over the internet has been told he will be jailed ‘for a very long time indeed.’

Perverted Andrew Pykett pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to seven charges of meeting girls aged 14 or 15 following sexual grooming online with intent to engage in sexual activity.

The 38 year-old of Clarendon Crescent, also admitted two charges of attempting to meet two further 14-year-old girls following sexual grooming.

In relation to the seven girls he did meet, who came from various parts of the country including Birmingham and Nottingham, and as far afield as Wales, Wiltshire and Northumberland, he pleaded guilty to 20 offences of sexual activity with a child.

Those offences relating to sexual acts when he met the girls ranging from kissing one girl and touching her over her clothing to acts of full intercourse and sexual activity with others.

He also pleaded guilty to trafficking one of the girls for sexual exploitation by arranging or facilitating her travel with intent to commit sexual acts – but denied similar charges in relation to three other girls.

The court heard he had been preying on under-age girls since as early as September 2007, although the majority of the offences took place between 2011 and towards the end of 2015.

In addition Pykett pleaded guilty to taking indecent photographs of two of the girls he met, including a movie of one of them taking part in acts of bondage as well as sexual activity.

He also admitted three charges of making indecent images of a girl who lives in the United States by downloading images of her after contacting her online.

Pykett also pleaded guilty to three more charges of making indecent images of children.

Finally, he pleaded guilty to possessing MDMA (ecstasy) and cannabis when he was arrested in September last year.

Pykett, in addition to denying three of the trafficking allegations, also pleaded not guilty to 13 other charges of sexual activity, attempted grooming and causing or inciting girls to take part in sexual activity – and those charges were allowed to lie on the court file at the request of prosecutor Michael Williams.

Judge Andrew Lockhart QC agreed with Mr Williams that there should be a pre-sentence report on Pykett, but stressed: “It need not address any non-custodial sentence, it needs only to address dangerousness.

Adjourning for the report to be prepared, he remanded Pykett in custody and ordered him to register as a sex offender – which will eventually last for life.

Judge Lockhart told him: “Your pleas have avoided the need for a long and drawn-out trial which could have added to the trauma of those victims.

“But you will go to custody for a very long time indeed. You should prepare yourself for that.”

Det Sgt Collette O’Keefe said: “We built a significant case against Pykett, leading to his guilty pleas at court.

“This forms part of Warwickshire’s multi-agency child sexual exploitation team commitment to tackle child sexual exploitation.”