August 20th, 2007 05:24 EST
U.K. Man pleads guilty to paedophile offences
A teacher has pleaded guilty to attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity, look at images of people engaged in sexual activity and making and distributing indecent images of children.
Richard Colin Findley, a teacher from Berkshire, began communicating in an Internet chatroom on 31 July 2006 with who he believed was a 12-year-old girl. It was, however, an undercover detective from the Metropolitan Police's Paedophile and High Tech Crime Unit.
He was arrested on 5 January 2007. Officers seized 155 indecent images of children on his computer.
Findley will be sentenced on 5 October 2007 at Southwark Crown Court.
Detective Chief Inspector Nick Stevens, Met's Paedophile Unit, said:
"Every day, the Metropolitan Police Service has specialist officers online tracking down paedophiles to help keep the internet safe for children.
"This result should send out a strong deterrent message to anyone considering that the internet is a suitable place to illegally target children. This type of criminal activity is being monitored and enforced by undercover police officers who identify those responsible and take such behaviour extremely seriously."