A man who arranged the commission of a child sex offence has been imprisoned for four years.
On 14 May 2014 Nicholas Edmund Allen, from Rochdale, was arrested in Leybourne, by detectives from the Kent Police child exploitation investigation team.
Allen, 54, had travelled to the Leybourne area in Kent in the belief that he would have the opportunity to abuse an eight year-old girl, having made the arrangement over the internet. However, he had unwittingly made the arrangement with a law enforcement officer and was arrested. Allen claimed that the meeting was part of him trying to gain enough evidence to be able to report his concerns around child abuse to the police, but was charged and remanded before the courts.
Following a hearing at Maidstone Crown Court on 11 August, Allen was sentenced to four years in prison, having pleaded guilty to arranging the commission of a child sex offence.
Detective Constable Jon Baker said: â€˜Nicholas Allen worked for many years as a social worker and should know the massive impact that sexual abuse has on children. Despite this he chose to arrange appalling abuse of a child, and travelled to meet in order to put this plan into action. Allen tried to claim that his actions were solely to report others and protect a child. Our investigation shows this was merely a ruse in order to try and escape the consequences of his actions. I am delighted that we have been able to put a stop to his behaviour and ensure that no child will come to harm from him any time soon.’