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Financial advisor caught in police sting after sending sex video to 'girl'

By Sue Austin | Crime | Published:

A financial advisor has been given a suspended sentence after sending a sexual video of himself to someone he thought was a 14-year-old-girl.

Ian Manwaring contacted an undercover police officer he thought was a teenage girl online

It turned out that the 14-year-old being contacted by Ian Manwaring, 53, was actually an undercover police officer.

The officer had been contacted on social media chat rooms.

Manwaring, of no fixed address, admitted two charges, of attempting to have sexual contact with a child, and of attempting to perform a sexual act in front of a child.

Judge Peter Barrie imposed a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered Manwaring to complete 100 hours of unpaid work and 60 days rehabilitation.

Kevin Jones, prosecuting, told Shrewsbury Crown Court that a specialist online undercover police officer set up an account posing as a 14-year-old girl on several teenage chat rooms.

She was contacted by Manwaring who himself had a fake account calling himself Scott and saying he was 43.

Mr Jones said that the officer made it plain very quickly that the girl she was posing as was 14 and continued to stress the age in several internet chats.

“Manwaring explains that he is in finance and also offers her a job,” Mr Jones said.

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“He offered to take her out for romantic lunches then going on to relax somewhere saying that he could teach her things as a boss.”

There followed a video link in which the defendant performed a sex act.

Rob Edwards, defending, said that in the moment of "grossest stupidity" his client had lost his reputation, his profession and his family.

“He is mystified as to why this took place and what led him to utterly destroy his life," Mr Edwards said.

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“It was fantasy and with no intent on his part to meet up with any 14-year-old child."

Judge Peter Barrie said Manwaring had sought sexual gratification with someone he believed to be a 14-year-old girl and he had sent explicit video footage.

He appreciated the defendant had sought help to understand why he acted like he did.

Sue Austin

By Sue Austin
Chief Reporter

Chief reporter of the Oswestry/Mid Wales office. Keen to hear your news.

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