A paedophile who used a messaging app to plan abusing a three-year-old boy was caught out by undercover police.
Nicholas Murphy, 45, who went by the username ‘Horrible Nick’, used smartphone app Kik Messenger to discuss his vile fantasies with other paedophiles.
Murphy even promised one man he could bring a three-year-old for them to sexually abuse together on the anonymous messaging program.
He was arrested after a group of ten paedophiles who used the app was infiltrated by undercover police who traced his location and descended on his previous home in Cheshire.
Police searching his phone found two sets of chat history with two different men, as well as chat history from the group of ten.
On February 15, 2018 at Liverpool Crown Court Judge Rachael Smith sentenced Murphy to three years in jail for three counts of attempting to arrange or facilitate the commission of a child sex offence.
He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life, and issued with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO.)
The SHPO bans him from having contact with children other than his own or direct family who have given him permission.