Paedo says ‘age is just a number’ after sending sick messages to ‘girl, 12’

A vile paedophile asked a parent to see photos of their 12-year-old daughter so he could rape her.

Michael Wem, 33, revealed that his 'dark fantasy is a young girl' and bragged that "age is just a number", a court heard before he was jailed on Monday.

The sick sex beast from Pocklington, East Riding Yorkshire, was described as a "high risk" offender by the probation service after his messages to what he thought was a 12-year-old girl in April 2019, were revealed.

Instead, however, the girl was one of two decoys by volunteers working to snare paedophiles, that he had fallen for, Hull Live reports.

Craig Lowe, prosecuting, told Hull Crown Court that Wem wanted the 'child 'as his girlfriend and asked if she wanted to swap pictures with him.

The prosecutor said: "On April 20 the decoy received a message from him and an exchange took place. He asked her if she had any pictures. He sent two of himself and the decoy sent one back of her. He then sent a bare-chested image and told her he slept naked.

"He asked if she had had sex before and if she had a good body. He sent another picture and said she was very hot and sexy and asked if she would meet up with him.

"When asked what would happen, he said, "I'd definitely kiss you.' He said he would take her in his car and she asked if it was right for an adult man to kiss a 12-year-old. He said, 'if you want to'."

Wem also told the decoy he "wanted someone younger" and said "The younger the better" and "age is just a number".

He told the 'girl' to keep their communications a secret before sending two videos of him pleasuring himself.

The court heard Wem also targeted what he thought was another 12-year-old girl, but again she turned out to be a decoy used by a paedophile hunter.

When Wem was arrested, indecent images of category A, B and C were found on his phone alongside messages to a parent that said: "My dark fantasy is a young girl. Show me pictures of your 12-year-old daughter so I can rape your 12-year-old daughter."

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Michael Masson, mitigating, told Hull Crown Court Wem had a troubled background and had been deemed a high-risk offender by the probation service.

He said: "Although he is a high-risk offender he may be manageable in the community. He has engaged twice with the probation service going through what is a shameful account.

"He shows a willingness to change."

Judge John Thackray QC told Wem his crimes were no lesser because his victims were not actually children.

Jailing him for two years, the judge said: "You believed you were communicating with a 12-year-old girl. This was aggravated by your possession of the images."

Wem will serve up to half of his sentence in custody before he is released on licence in the community.

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