Paedo cop who tried to send naked pics and sex messages to girl, 13, jailed

A paedophile cop who tried to send photos of his private parts to a 13-year-old girl has been jailed after being caught in a sting.

Mark Collins, a former constable at Bromley police station sent “highly sexualised” messages to the girl in November, 2019.

Thinking he was talking to the teenager he commented on her “body developing”, as well as “naughty urges” and “being horny”.

The Old Bailey was told that Collins, 58, sent pictures of his genitalia over the Kik Messenger app while he was on holiday in Malta, reports Kent Live.

All the time he thought he was communicating with the girl but in reality he was talking to an undercover officer. He was arrested at work at Bromley police station on November 26.

The court heard some of the messages were sent when Collins appeared to be at work according to his rota but prosecutor David Povall said that this could not be proved in law.

Collins admitted one count of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and six counts of attempting to engage in sexual communications with a child.

Jailing him for two years and four months, Judge Mark Lucraft QC said the messages where of a “highly sexualised nature”.

He told Collins: "It is clear many of the messages you sent are explicit, setting out what you were imagining, your sexual feelings towards her naked body.

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"It is clear from the content and tone that the messages were sent for the purposes of obtaining sexual gratification."

Collins, who resigned from the Met after his arrest, was found to have committed gross misconduct at a disciplinary hearing last week and the force said he would have been sacked if he were still a serving officer.

Karen Robinson, defending, said the father-of-two's offending had "no connection to his role or his duties as a police officer".

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 0845 30 30 900 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.

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