Friday, February 9, 2024
A convicted sex offender from Morecambe who boasted online about raping and abusing a child has been jailed following our joint investigation with the North East Regional Organised Crime Unit (NEROCU).
In October 2019, Brian David Smith was engaged in an online chat with a man – who unbeknown to the defendant was actually an investigating officer from NEROCU – during which he admitted to sexually abusing a child.
He had further phone conversations with the officer and arranged to meet who he thought would be a 12-year-old girl and planned to take her virginity.
Smith travelled from his home in Morecambe in November 2019 to the pre-arranged location in the North East only to find officers from NEROCU waiting to arrest him.
He was arrested on suspicion of attempting to arrange or facilitate the commission of a child sex offence and while under caution said: “I don’t know why I did it. I’ve made a big mistake.”
When he was searched, Smith was found to be in possession of sex toys, sweets and a mobile phone.
Later the same day, officers from our Online Child Abuse Investigation Team searched Smith’s home in Fairhope Avenue, Morecambe, and found indecent images of children and extreme pornographic images on several of his electronic devices.
Our officers managed to track down the victim of Smith’s sexual abuse and she confirmed she was just eight years old when it started. It only stopped after she attempted to take her own life – such was the impact of Smith’s sexual abuse.
He appeared at Preston Crown Court on Friday 19th of January and was jailed for 14 years and sentenced to an extended 3 years’ licence.
Smith, 57, was convicted of rape, indecent assault, arranging or facilitating the commission of a sexual offence and making indecent images of children.
He was also made subjected to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order and ordered to sign the Sex Offender’s Register for life.
If you or somebody you know has been the victim of a sexual offence, we would urge you to email [email protected] or call 101. If a crime is in progress always call 999.