- Added on sex offender register for 10 years
A 49-year-old man from Enfield has been sentenced after admitting to child sexual offences.
David Asser of Hertford Road orchestrated a meeting with a 12-year-old girl through online chatrooms only to find he had been set up.
Asser pleaded guilty on Wednesday, 25 August at Wood Green Crown Court to one count of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a girl under the age of 16 and one count of attempting to meet a girl under the age of 16 following grooming.
On Tuesday, 23 November, he was sentenced to two years and four months imprisonment at the same court and added to the Sex Offenders Register for ten years.
The sex offender started communicating with the "12-years-old girl" in November 2020 in an online chatroom.
Asser continued the communication despite the "girl" disclosing her age.
The offender, according to detectives, made sexually explicit suggestions to the "girl".
The court heard how Asser continued the conversation for a few weeks, including making arrangements to meet while he continued the sexually explicit discussions.
The child groomer arranged to meet his target on 7 December on Mandeville Road, Enfield.
Upon arriving, he was confronted and detained by an online civilian group before handing him over to the police.
Some items suggesting his attempt to groom and sexually exploit the '12-year-old girl' was seized from his address.
DC Lee Jeffrey from the North Area Command Unit described Asser's action as "deplorable", noting that "it is right he has been held to account for this"
He added, "David Asser was fully aware of the age of the girl he believed he was communicating with, yet despite this, he persisted in making sexually explicit suggestions to her and then made efforts to physically meet with her.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.