Wigan pervert caught in police sting

Matthew Bennett has admitted inciting young girls, who were actually undercover police officers, to engage in sexual activity.
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Bennett faced 11 charges in court, including sending lewd pictures of himself to girls under 16, persuading a girl of 12 to send an indecent picture of herself to him and inciting the mother of a seven-year-old to perform a sex act on him and allowing her to be sexually assaulted by him.

But the woman and girls with whom Bennett was communicating were in fact undercover police officers.

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The 26-year-old, of Park Road in Wigan, was further charged with distributing indecent images of children which fall into the lowest, category C of seriousness.

Bolton Crown CourtBolton Crown Court
Bolton Crown Court

The offences took place online between January and July this year.

On his first appearance before a Bolton Crown Court judge Bennett pleaded guilty to all the charges.

Sentencing was adjourned until November 6.