A man in his forties sent a series of disgusting sexual messages to an undercover police officer believing he was chatting online to a 13-year-old girl.
Marc Woolston Jones told his target he had always wanted sex with somebody of her age, but had never found anyone local before.
In one message the 43-year-old joked that if the schoolgirl was ugly, he would still have sex with her but would put a bag over her head.
Swansea Crown Court heard that in July this year Jones began exchanging messages on the Chatiw site with someone who said she was a 13-year-old girl from the Gorseinon area.
Ian Wright, prosecuting, said Jones “very quickly turned the conversation to sexual matters”, and began questioning the girl about her sexual history with boyfriends.
Over the following days and weeks the defendant sent a series of explicit messages detailing the sex acts he wanted to perform on her, and what he wanted her to do to him.
The court heard he told the girl she was going to be his “dirty little sl*t”, and he would “train” her if she was inexperienced in any of the things he wanted to do.
In one message he wrote he that he had always wanted sex with a girl of her age, and he said he would still have sex with her regardless of what she looked like, adding: “If you are ugly I’ll put a bag on your head LOL”.
Mr Wright said on a number of occasions Jones made arrangements to meet the contact, saying he would bring sweets and vodka to the rendezvous, but no actual meeting took place.
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Jones was arrested on July 22 and his phone was seized, but officers found he had deleted the messages from the handset.
In interview he initially claimed he thought the person he was talking to was aged 28, and denied any sexual interest in children.
Jones, of Cantref Court, Ravenhill, Swansea, had previously pleaded guilty to attempted sexual communication with a child when he appeared in the dock for sentencing.
Vince Williams, for Jones, said the the offence was committed against a background of “loneliness and isolation” and the consumption of alcohol, the abuse of which was something his client had battled for last 10 or 15 years.
He said the former council worker now accepted that he got sexual gratification from the communications, and recognised he needed help to tackle those issues.
Judge Huw Rees told Jones he had communicated with someone he believed to be a 13-year-old girl in a “wholly unhealthy and inappropriate way”, and the online exchanges showed he had a sexual interest in children.
Giving the defendant a one-third discount for his guilty plea the judge sentenced him to eight months in prison. Jones will serve up to a half of that period in custody before being released on licence to serve the remainder in the community.
The defendant was made the subject of a 10-year sexual harm prevention order to control his use of the internet, and he will be a registered sex offender for the same length of time.