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Text pervert is spared jail term

PUBLISHED: 11:54 22 July 2010 | UPDATED: 18:06 25 August 2010

A BUILDING inspector who sent smutty text messages to two 14-year-old boys who duped him into believing he was communicating with a girl has been spared prison.

A BUILDING inspector who sent smutty text messages to two 14-year-old boys who duped him into believing he was communicating with a girl has been spared prison.

Keith Asbury, 54, of Dairsie Road, Eltham, was the "victim of a practical joke" when teenagers contacted him after finding his mobile telephone number on a wall, Woolwich Crown Court heard on Tuesday.

Posing as teenage girls they sent him messages and even telephoned him pretending to be young girls, it is claimed.

Despite finding out the age of the callers, Asbury continued to communicate with them and sent sexually explicit text messages on December 20, 2008, the court heard. On his arrest on February 25, 2009, dozens of messages were found on his phone to the teenagers including: "Will you send me a video of you completely naked?"

Sentencing him, Judge Michael Carroll said: "There were some preparatory messages by the youngsters but they are what the law sets out to protect from this and people like you who should know better.

"I am prepared to accept you need to receive help and not incarceration."

Asbury pleaded guilty to one count of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and one count of possession of an extreme pornographic image on the first day of his trial on June 22 this year.

He was also given a three year supervision order, including a sex offender programme, and was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for five years.


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