Council Children’s Services team leader started sexual chat with what he thought was 13-year-old girl online

The career of a Leicestershire children’s services team manager is in tatters after a covert police operation trapped him indulging in sexual chat with what he believed to be a 13-year-old girl. But disgraced David Atkinson has escaped being jailed after pleading guilty at Warwick Crown Court to attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act.

But disgraced David Atkinson has escaped being jailed after pleading guilty at Warwick Crown Court to attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act.

Recorder Balraj Bhatia QC observed that as a team manager in Leicestershire County Council’s children’s services department, the 42-year-old ‘should have known better.’

Prosecutor Tim Sapwell said that in June 2019 Atkinson ‘began to engage in conversation on a chat platform set up by an undercover police officer.’

It began with Atkinson contacting a profile posted by the officer, saying ‘hi’ and asking whether she was ‘into older guys.’

Told the girl was only 13, he immediately asked for a picture of her and asked if she would like to see an image of his genitals.

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By / Published On: March 14th, 2021 / Tags: , / Categories: Child Abuse, Crime, News /

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