A child rapist was "glad he was caught" so that he could be stopped from carrying out plans to attack another child.
Allan Spratt, 46, has been jailed for two years and five months after police raided his home last December when they received a tipoff that he was downloading indecent images of children.
The married predator had previously groomed a girl 12 years ago, convincing her he was "her boyfriend" and pretending to be a 13-year-old boy.
When they exchanged pictures he claimed to suffer from a rare condition that caused him to look older. He then persuaded her to meet him when he raped her in a hotel room after watching a Disney film.
After confessing to a family member and pleading guilty Spratt was sentenced to six years and was placed on the sex offenders register.
Prosecutor Robin Griffith told Canterbury Crown Court that he was on the verge of harming another child when the police raided his home.
Mr Griffiths said: "In police interview, he said he was glad he was caught because he was on a slippery slope to commit a contact offence with a child."
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In the raid on Spratt's property in Deal, Kent, police found nine category A, 18 category B and eight category C images, along with a combination of pictures and videos.
They also discovered Spratt had made persistent “systematic” internet searches using chilling terms like "jailbait."
Judge Mark Weekes told Spratt the defendant had been "absolutely blatant", and highlighted “the misery” caused to the victims of those children in the images.
Following his latest offences, Spratt pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing indecent images, three counts of making indecent images, a breach of notification requirements and of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
James Burke, mitigating, argued there had been a four-year gap since Spratt’s last breach of notification requirements and he suffers from depression.
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