Kent

Ex-social worker Nicholas Allen jailed for child sex plot

A former social worker has been jailed for four years for arranging to have sex with an eight-year-old girl.

Nicholas Allen, 54, from Rochdale, Greater Manchester, believed he was arranging the sexual abuse with the girl's mother and stepmother.

But when he travelled to Leybourne, Kent for the meeting it turned out the women were undercover police officers, Maidstone Crown Court heard.

Allen pleaded guilty to arranging the commission of a child sex offence.

'Stupid and naive'

Prosecutor Serena Gates said Allen met the officers from Kent Police on 14 May and was arrested.

"He told police he had been a social worker for 30 years but had been dismissed for sending inappropriate text messages to a 15-year-old girl," she said.

The court heard Allen also had a caution for a previous sex assault on a teenager.

Defending Allen, Kieran Moroney said he had suffered a breakdown in his late 40s and early 50s which had ended his marriage.

He said Allen was stupid, naive and angry with himself and remorseful for what he had done.

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