A barrister who drove three hours in a bid to have sex with a 13-year-old girl was instead arrested by police who found cider, a condom and camouflage netting in his car.
Civil lawyer Guy Sims, 53, posed as an 18-year-old on social media sites to talk with two people he thought were 13-year-old schoolgirls.
Instead, he was met by police who arrested him and found the items in his car.
Sims had also been planning to meet another of the fake girls on his way home, or on the way to Portsmouth.
Barrister jailed for more than three years
He was jailed yesterday (6 October) at Oxford Crown Court for three years and six months after jurors convicted him of three charges of arranging or facilitating commission of a child sex offence.
The third charge related to him speaking with a third person he thought was 13 in October 2019, with him then using the names Yo Sarami and Danny.dan online.
Sims, of Castle Lane, Bedford, planned to meet her in Oxford.
All of this took place while he was being investigated for the Portsmouth crimes.
What the police said
Detective Chief Inspector Philip Attwood, of the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit, said: “This is the conclusion of a case in which Sims engaged in conversation of a sexual nature and arranged to meet up with those who he believed to be three teenage girls with the intention of carrying out child sexual abuse.
“Sims, worked as a civil barrister, and should have recognised the consequences of this offending. He demonstrated that he was prepared to go to great lengths and travel across the country to Portsmouth, to Guildford and to Oxford to engage in depraved sexual activity with children.
“He repeatedly engaged with the profiles of those he believed to be teenage girls online, and the threat he posed would have continued had it not been for the continued and dedicated efforts of those working for Serocu.
“Law enforcement operates across the Internet and we are committed to ensuring those who use this means of communicating with those they believe to be children to arrange sexual abuse are brought before the courts to face justice.”
Police said Sims is set to be barred from working as a barrister.
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