Nicholas Jenner of Meadow Bank Road, Chatham, admitted the charge of arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence and was jailed at Maidstone Crown Court on 31 October 2020.
Between 20 August and 3 September 2019, the 47-year-old spoke to a woman online where he arranged to travel to Cardiff to engage in sexual activity with her 8-year-old child.
Unbeknown to Jenner, both the woman and child were fictitious, and he was communicating with an officer from the Tarian, the Regional Organised Crime Unit for southern Wales.
The unit, which is funded by the Home Office, Welsh Government and the three southern Wales police forces, investigates online child sexual exploitation as well as fraud and cyber-crime.
Jenner was arrested on 3 October 2019 and later charged with the offences by officers from the Offender Management Unit at Medway.
Upon sentencing Jenner was handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which will last for 10 years. He was also given an extended licence for four years which will come into effect upon his release.
Investigating officer, PC Emma Walshaw said: ‘Jenner was a registered sex offender and as such was already subject to a strict monitoring regime by our officers. As a result, when these latest offences came to our attention we were able to respond promptly and bring him to justice.
‘He attempted to commit another extremely serious offence with the intention of abusing a young child. We work hard to safeguard the public, including children, from dangerous offenders and his sentence reflects the gravity of his behaviour’.