A SEXUAL predator who made “revolting” suggestions and sent porn to what he thought was a 14-year-old boy was captured when he arranged for them to meet — and was snared by paedophile hunters.
Sheffield Crown Court heard how Alan Battye urged the “boy” — in fact a member of the Children’s Guardians group using a fake profile — to commit sexual acts on himself and sent him explicit images.
During five conversations over the course of two days on a chat website, he made arrangements for a meeting at McDonald’s in Alfreton, Derbyshire, where he was confronted and handed over to the police.
Recorder of Sheffield, Judge Jeremy Richardson, referred to a pre-sentence report which branded Battye, pictured, who is already in prison for child sex offences, a “dangerous offender”.
The report said he was considered “to continue to pose a very high risk of serious harm to children under the age of 16”.
It added: “This risk estimated is considered to be imminent, if he was granted his liberty at this time.”
Judge Richardson sentenced Battye, of Doncaster Road, Rotherham, to eight years — four years to run alongside his current six-year sentence and a four-year extension added onto it.
Battye admitted three counts of attempting to cause a child to engage in sexual activity, two counts of attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act and one count of arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sexual offence.
He committed the offences in March 2018 — less than two years after he groomed and sexually abused a teenage boy, for which he was jailed in 2019.
The judge told him: “It is apparent to me that you are a habitual criminal.”
He said while there was no actual child victim in the 2018 offence, Battye had thought there was.
The content of the online conversations was, the judge said, “revolting sexual behaviour for an adult male to suggest to a boy”.
When interviewed, Battye said he had gone to Alfreton “just to see if he (the boy) turned up” and “had no plans about what would happen”.
He said he had condoms and lubrication with him because he sometimes met people through the chat site for “sex at hotels” but admitted that it “looked bad”.
The judge told him: “I accept you were having difficulties dealing with your sexuality.
“That in no way justifies your conduct towards young boys.
“Your family, as a result of this crime, has effectively disintegrated. You have lost everything.”
The judge observed the probation report said Battye had made “some progress” on rehabilitation programmes in prison and said this must continue, telling him: “It is in your interest and in the public’s interest.”
Battye was jailed in 2019 for 14 offences, including sexual activity with a child and making indecent photographs of children.