South Yorkshire internet pervert offered young girl for sex

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A MAN who chatted online about letting a young girl have sex with a fellow pervert has been jailed.

Keith Mather’s sexual interest in children was unmasked when an indecent file he sent was found on a computer belonging to a man arrested in the United States on suspicion of sex offences.

Police raided 49-year-old Mather’s home in Rotherham and found indecent images of children stored on 46 devices including computers, an external hard drive, cameras, disks and iPods.

Internet chat logs were also recovered in which Mather talked ‘dirty’ with other men and was asked to provide a naked picture of the young girl, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

He was asked if she was available for sex and replied: “After me, yes.”

Mather, of Elgitha Drive, Thurcroft, admitted eight offences of making and distributing indecent images of a child between May 1, 2010 and June 17, 2012.

He was jailed for six months for what Judge Peter Kelson described as ‘profoundly grotesque’ offending.

Prosecutor Ian Goldsack said a man was arrested in Missouri in August 2011 for a variety of sexual offences and when his computer equipment was analysed it was discovered Mather had sent a Grade 4 file – child porn graded in the second most serious category – in May 2010.

Mather was arrested and his computer analysed.

In an email to one man in Scotland Mather said he had a liking for ‘young ones’.

On his arrest Mather denied having an interest in underage girls but admitted he’d once unwittingly opened an attachment containing a “dirty” video which he had deleted.

Dermot Hughes, defending Mather, said: “It was a middle-aged man engaging in fantasies and he didn’t take any steps to act on it.”

Mather was also banned from using the internet or having access to under 16s.