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Police sting nets pervert landlord

PUBLISHED: 17:44 15 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:32 25 August 2010

A COUNTRY pub landlord who plotted to have sex with a 13-year-old girl in a hotel room has been jailed for 16 months.

A COUNTRY pub landlord who plotted to have sex with a 13-year-old girl in a hotel room has been jailed for 16 months.

Simon Wilkinson, 41, asked the youngster to dress in school uniform for the meeting - but she turned out to be an undercover police officer.

As he arrived at the rendezvous in Greenwich Park he announced by text: "I'm here, I'm standing by the railings."

Moments later officers swooped to arrest him, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Wilkinson, who runs the 16th Century Haywaggon Inn in Hartfield, East Sussex, had spent two months grooming the 'girl' on the internet.

His messages became increasingly explicit and he sent her lewd photos of himself after insisting the tryst would be 'our secret'.

A week before the meeting on November 19 last year, he booked a double room for two nights at the Novotel in Greenwich.

But when he turned up at Greenwich Park with six bottles of alcopops he found police waiting.

Asked why he was there Wilkinson replied: "You know why I'm here."

When police later examined his computer they discovered dozens of indecent images of girls as young as eight.

Wilkinson admitted attempting to meet a girl following sexual grooming, attempting to incite child sex, attempting to cause a child to look at an image depicting sexual activity, five counts of distributing indecent images of children, one charge of possessing such images and five offences of making such images between December 2006 and November 19 last year.

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