IMPRISONMENT: Depraved pedophile wanted sex with 13-year-old girl



A DEAD pedophile who wanted sex with a 13-year-old girl and masturbated on Skype in front of an undercover police officer he believed to be the child has been jailed for 32 months.

Adam Cooper, 42, believed he was communicating with underage “Jess” when he sent her nude photos of himself on the Kik instant messaging app, Bradford Crown Court learned on Friday.

Cooper first told the officer he was over 18, but later admitted to being 30 and married with children.

He asked her to describe himself in more detail and masturbated in front of her on Skype.

He pleaded guilty to one count of attempted sexual communication with a child and two counts of attempted sexual activity in the presence of a child, all in February 2020.

Cooper, of Pendlebury Grove, Hoyland, Barnsley, was sent to Crown Court to be convicted by Skipton Magistrates.

Prosecutor Rebecca Young said “Jess” immediately told her she was 13, but sent her photos of his penis.

Cooper had also chatted online with like-minded pedophiles, the court was told.

He has been identified by police as having a sexual interest in children. His home was searched and his computer and phone seized.

Julian White said in mitigation that Cooper had been candid with the police from the start and was a man of good character.

He was an engineer and the sole breadwinner.

He admitted that his behavior had been appalling and that he had to stop. He was indulging in a sexual fantasy for his pedophile inclinations during a stressful time in his life.

Mr White said that although Cooper believed he was talking to a 13-year-old girl, Jess did not actually exist.

Judge Jonathan Rose said Cooper was a highly educated man with all the understanding needed to realize just how “serious and ludicrous” his offense was.

He was guilty of persistent pedophilia, although he told his probation officer that he had no sexual interest in children.

He masturbated live on Skype in front of what he believed to be a 13-year-old and wanted to have sex with her.

It was “disgusting, appalling and depraved” behavior, Judge Rose said.

Cooper had contacted “Jess” for eight days, it wasn’t just a one-time act of stupidity.

He has to sign on the sex offender registry for an indefinite period and the judge has issued a sexual harm prevention order to protect young girls in the future.


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