Sex offender arrested at busy train station after arranging to meet schoolgirl for sex
A man had sexually explicit conversations with someone he believed to be a 13-year-old schoolgirl before heading to meet her for sex, a court has heard.
But Andrew Berry – who calls himself “Randy Andy” on a dating site – had actually spoken to an undercover police officer, and when he arrived at the meeting point at a busy train station, he was arrested. by agents on standby.
The 49-year-old then denied coming into contact with a girl, claiming his emails must have been hacked and saying it was only a coincidence that he went to the train station that day .
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Cardiff Crown Court has learned that in July of this year Berry had started posting a profile on the Fast Flirting site claiming to belong to a 13-year-old girl named Molly.
Prosecutor Marian Lewis said the profile was actually managed by an undercover police officer, and “Molly” made it clear her age to Berry. The couple exchanged phone numbers and email addresses, and over the next few days, Berry engaged in a series of “sex conversations” with her. During communications, the accused urged what he believed to be a schoolgirl to engage in sexual acts on herself, and in some of the calls, “moaning” could be heard as he apparently masturbated . The court heard the couple talk about meeting, and Berry told them to wear a skirt and no underwear, and said he wanted to have sex with her.
The prosecutor said that on Friday August 6 the couple made arrangements to meet the next day at Cardiff station, with Berry telling Molly he would accompany her back to Swansea “to show her her town”. The next day Berry took a train to Cardiff, and communication between the two continued during the trip – he told Molly he would arrive at Cardiff Central platform two at 2:20 p.m. and meet her on the platform. seven, his train already having arrived.
Officers saw Berry get off the train on time and walk to platform seven where he was arrested.
In his subsequent interview, Berry denied ever contacting Molly on Fast Flirting, Skype or SMS, and said her email must have been hacked. He denied going to Cardiff on the train in question to meet the girl, saying it was only a coincidence, and said he only went to platform seven in search of the bathroom. Berry agreed to use the Fast Flirting site – that’s how he met his partner – but denied being “Randy Andy” and refused to disclose his password.
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Andrew Paul Berry, of Ozanam Court, Portmead, Swansea, had previously pleaded guilty to attempting to organize a sex offense against children, attempting to have sexual communication with a child, attempting inducing a girl to engage in penetrative sexual activity and attempting to meet a child after grooming when he appeared in the dock for sentencing. The Preston-born man has two previous convictions on his record, including one in 1999 for indecent assault on a woman.
Helen Randall, for Berry, said the accused accepted his wrongdoing in his pre-sentence interview with probation, which not all offenders in such cases did.
Judge Niclas Parry told Berry he had had “very sexually explicit conversations” with Molly, and there was no doubt that if the person the accused sent was a real girl, he would have had sex. with her.
Granting the accused a one-quarter discount for his guilty pleas, the judge sentenced him to four years in prison. Berry will serve up to half of that time in custody before being released on license to serve the rest in the community. He will be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life and has had an indefinite Sexual Injury Prevention Order to control his internet access and access to young girls.
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