Delivery driver, 49, who tried to meet ’13-year-old girl’ he groomed on chatroom is jailed for more than three years after blaming his actions on his sexless marriage and ‘boring’ job

  • Shaun Gillings, 49, spoke to detective posing as girl on the Kik Messenger app
  • He was caught after arranging to meet at car park in Eccles, Greater Manchester
  • It was discovered father-of-two also sent explicit images to underage girls in US
  • He was jailed for three years and four months at Minshull Street Crown Court

A delivery driver who tried to meet a ’13-year-old girl’ he groomed on a chatroom has been jailed for more than three years after blaming his actions on a sexless marriage and a ‘boring’ job.

Married father-of-two Shaun Gillings, 49, was arrested after a police operation in which an undercover detective posed as a girl called ‘Daisy’ on the Kik Messenger app and caught him making sexually explicit advances towards her.

During a series of messages Gillings, from Stockport, tried to get ‘Daisy’ to meet up with him with promises of vouchers for presents. 

He was caught after he arranged a rendezvous point at a car park in Eccles, Greater Manchester, and police were waiting for him when he arrived.

Shaun Gillings, above, 49, was arrested after an undercover detective posed as a girl called ‘Daisy’ on the Kik Messenger app and caught him making sexually explicit advances

Detectives discovered he had sent explicit images to other underage girls from the US on chat rooms, offered to pay a child for sexual favours and entered into perverted conversations about sexual abuse with other paedophiles.

He later claimed he had searched for young girls online ‘out of curiosity’ as he had not been having sex with his wife and his job made him feel ‘isolated and bored.’ She has since filed for divorce and his two daughters no longer speak to him.

At Minshull Street Crown Court, Gillings admitted four charges of distributing indecent images, three of downloading indecent images, six of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child, two of attempting to cause a child to view an image of sexual activity and one charge of attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming. He was jailed for three years and four months.

Sentencing Judge John Potter told him: ‘Despite your absurd protestations to the contrary at police interview you have a sexual interest in children under 16. You distributed sexualised material involving children to other paedophiles which makes it clear you had a sexual interest in children.

‘You wished to abuse children and made this plain in some of your conversations with other paedophiles and with one you discussed abuse of their ten-year-old daughter. You are a committed paedophile who over a significant period of time proved willing to engage on the sexual abuse of numerous children.’

Earlier, prosecutor Nick Clarke said: ‘On 13 December 2019 an undercover police officer called herself Daisy and messaged the defendant on Kik. His profile suggested he had been a member for more than four years.

‘He got a message from her asking for her calculator back and then said she had sent a message to the wrong person. He said he was a 49-year-old man and she said that she was 13.

‘The conversation between them continued during the following month until mid-January of this year and the conversation followed a rather formulaic pattern the courts see in these cases. 

At Minshull Street Crown Court, above, Gillings was jailed for three years and four months. The court heard officers found a total of 171 indecent images on his phone (file photo)

‘The defendant started by suggesting she looked a lot older than 13 and that she was ‘absolutely stunning’ in her photos. He complemented her and the conversation became sexual with him asking her whether she had a boyfriend and whether she liked older men.

‘He requested a picture of her and sent explicit pictures and told her not to share the conversation with other people. Around Christmas he suggested they meet as a Christmas present saying he could provide vouchers for her to buy her own presents and there was a later attempt to meet in mid-January. The conversation turned to the sexual activity he wanted to do with her.

‘He suggested a meeting point on 16 January of this year and was arrested by officers when he arrived there. He made ‘no comment’ replies at police interview.

‘Police examined an iPhone from his car and an examination of it revealed the defendant had had similar conversations with other people he believed were under 16. Each of the conversations were similar in nature to the one with “Daisy”.

‘He requested pictures off an alleged 13-year-old in Florida, had a conversation with an alleged 15-year-old in California and sent a picture of his penis to them. He spoke to another alleged 13-year-old girl from Lithuania, sending her pictures of sexual activity.

‘He tried to enter into sexual communication with an alleged 15-year-old girl who just said she was from the USA and on 16 January of this year he spoke to a girl who claimed to be from Warrington and said he would pay her £50 for sexual favours.

‘Officers also found that he had been conversing with other paedophiles and sent one indecent image in early November, spoke to another about their abuse of their ten-year-old daughter and sent them other images.’

The court heard officers found a total of 171 indecent images on Gillings’ phone. In mitigation his lawyer Rachel Shenton said her client was working as a delivery driver at the time which left him ‘isolated and bored’.

She added: ‘He was no longer in a sexual relationship with his wife after he suffered from a stroke and one could say he acted out of boredom and curiosity to become involved in an online fantasy.

‘He feels ashamed of what he did and expresses that in the strongest possible terms – not in a self-pitying way but he is ashamed of what he involved himself in.

‘He has always worked but has now lost his job which he has now lost and his wife has filed for divorce. He has lost contact with his two daughters and may never be able to make contact with his grandson again.

‘He was a hardworking father prior to this episode and was earning £1,300 per month 40 hours per week and he had lost his job and his reputation and is well aware that he destroyed everything for himself.’

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