A pervert told cops “I’m a nonce” as he was busted in an online operation to catch paedophiles.
Lee Terrell was using Kik, an online messaging platform, to engage in sexual conversations with what he thought were young girls between March and June this year.
‘Poppy’ and ‘Izzy’, two 13-year-old ‘girls’ made up by police were used to catch the predator, who went by the online usernames of 'Cheatinghusband' and 'Boywithbigtoy1986'.
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During the trial, Preston Crown Court heard that the 36-year-old’s profile picture was a flaccid penis.
Terrell, of Rome Avenue, Burnley, had during his conversations with the fake girls asked how old they were.
He had no idea that in reality both of them were undercover officers,LancsLivereports.
‘Izzy’ reportedly told him she was “13 soz”, while Poppy said she was "13, f, Lancs".
He then described Poppy as “nipper” and asked her, "you a sweet girl or a bad one?".
Terrell sent a video of a sexual nature to ‘Poppy’ on June 23 and was arrested shortly afterwards on July 5.
Upon his arrest, he admitted he was the man behind the profile of 'Cheatinghusband1986'.
Francis McEntee, prosecuting, said: "There can be no doubt he was on the platform for sexual discussions."
He added that Mr Terrell: "put his behaviour down to the fact he had been having a hard time and had taken excessive drugs over an extended period".
The court heard he had nine previous convictions including assault, harassment and making explosives This was his first for sexual offences.
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Speaking on July 7, Mr McEntee also said Terrell had attacked his partner and had even ripped out her nose ring for refusing to get the children up for school on a Saturday and for viewing a house without him.
The attack involved dragging her around by the foot, leaving her with bruises to the face.
He pleaded guilty to one count of inciting a child to view a sexual act, two counts of attempted sexual communication with a child and two counts of common assault on his partner.
"He fully accepts these matters," said Neil Cronin, defending.
Sentencing, Recorder Jonathan Jones KC, said: "Your pre-sentence report recognises that the only sentence that can be passed in this case is one of immediate custody.
"It expresses a degree of optimism indicating that there would be appropriate courses and treatment so that your sexual activity can be addressed while you are in custody"
Terrell has been jailed for 16 months for the sexual offences and has been given a further two for the attacks on his partner.
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