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A man who fantasised about raping children has been jailed after persistent work by Bedfordshire Police’s Violent and Sex Offender Management Team (VSOMT).

Registered Sex Offender Stephen Kelly, 50, of Montrose Avenue, Luton, pleaded guilty to attempting to arrange or facilitate a sexual offence against a child and four counts of breaching his Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Kelly first came to the attention of investigators from Bedfordshire Police when he was writing disturbing stories based on pictures of young children dressed in nappies. In 2015 he was convicted of offences relating to the possession of indecent images of children and made subject to an order restricting him from contact with or proximity to children.

Kelly, whose sick ideations led him to follow children he lived near or would see in town, was then managed with increasing frequency by the force’s VSOMT.

As a result of their regular contact, the team discovered Kelly’s activities had breached the terms of his order and also led to admissions which allowed them to charge him with the serious offence of attempting to facilitate the rape of a child he had seen by waiting outside her home.

PC Chris Hawkes, who led the investigation, said: “Kelly was rightly identified by our team as a dangerous man, and thankfully our early interventions have prevented him from ever harming a child in person.

“Kelly is a twisted individual who will thankfully be spending years behind bars, where he will be unable to continue to feed his abhorrent fantasies about harming children in his community. Today’s result means that a high-risk offender is now off the streets and will remain on licence for a further six years after he is released.”

At Luton Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday), Kelly was sentenced to 12 years for attempting to facilitate a sexual offence against a child as well as 12 months for each breach of his order, to be served concurrently. Kelly will be eligible to apply for parole after six years and, if granted, he would spend the remainder of his sentence on extended licence.

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