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Pervert pretended to be rich businessman to engage in sexual communication with young girls

A man who attempted to engage in sexual communication with children by pretending to be a rich businessman has been jailed.

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Lee Greenhill will spend three years in prison for various sexual offences and has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life. Photo: West Mercia Police

Lee Greenhill will spend three years behind bars for various sexual offences including attempting to engage in sexual communication with children and possessing indecent images of children. He will also be on the sex offenders’ register for life.

The 46-year-old, of St Cecilia Close in Kidderminster, was locked up at Worcester Crown Court on Friday, after previously admitting three counts of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child, possession of indecent images of children, attempting to cause a child to look at images of sexual activity, distributing an indecent photograph of a child, possession of images portraying sexual acts with an animal and breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

Greenhill was arrested on January 17 by officers from the Online Child Sexual Exploitation Team (OCSET) for attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.

West Mercia Police received information that Greenhill had engaged with two girls on the internet, both under 16 and, during the conversations Greenhill used photos of other young men and pretended that he was a rich businessman.

He showed the children photos of luxury yachts and cars, telling the children that he would take them in them.

The conversations included that Greenhill intended to have sexual intercourse with the children and included the sending of explicit pictures and videos to them.

Following his arrest, examinations were carried out on all his devices, which provided further evidence.

Greenhill was charged on January 18, despite denying the offences during his interview after he was arrested.

Detective Sergeant Dave Meyer of the West Mercia Police OCSET team, said: “I’m pleased that Greenhill will now face the consequences for his actions, and will rightly be identified as a sex offender for life.

"There is no doubt that he poses a threat to young people and without our intervention may have gone on to groom others online, escalating his behaviour towards contact offending, something we work day-in and day-out to prevent.

“This case is testament to the fact that our close relationships with partners in Regional Organised Crime Units, children’s services and the charitable sector are paying dividends in our fight to protect children online.”

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