Sex offender plotted with Canadian ‘mother’ to travel abroad and rape her young children.
Alexander Dennis was arrested when the Canadian mother turned out to be an undercover cop.
Alexander James Dennis was sentenced to two years in prison at Swansea Crown Court
A Welshman who thought he was making plans with a mother to travel to Canada to rape her young children was actually talking to an undercover Canadian cop, a court heard.
Alexander James Dennis made contact with the woman after visiting paedophile chatrooms, and exchanged a series of messages with her over the course of a number of days.
Dennis, aged 37, of Williams Street, Pontarddulais , had denied a charge of arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence but was found guilty following a trial at Swansea Crown Court.
Sending him to prison, a judge told Dennis he had a “deviant streak” which he would have to address.
The court heard Dennis, who used the online pseudonym Hardatitt, discussed plans with the woman to visit her in Canada in order to abuse her children while she watched.
He also asked the woman to show him a video of the children and to let him stay at her house.
The mother was in fact an undercover member of the Canadian police and her children were fictional.
Dennis was arrested in a swoop by officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) and South Wales Police.
He later admitted in interview that he had visited several chatrooms dedicated to discussing child sex abuse.
He also admitted wiping his mobile phone in order to destroy evidence.
Dennis maintained that the plan to travel to Canada was a fantasy on which he had never intended to act – but he was convicted by a jury.
Judge Geraint Walters told the defendant: “you have a deviant streak which you are going to have to confront”.
He added: “This conviction represents a significant fall from grace – it is a fall which you will never recover now what you have done has been exposed.”
Dennis was sentenced to two years in prison, and made the subject of a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order. He will also be on the sex offenders register for 10 years
Speaking after the sentencing Mick Kiernan, intelligence manager at the NCA, said: “Dennis thought he was making real plans to commit the most appalling abuse imaginable.
“Our strong links with international partners, in this case the Canadian police, meant we were able to identify the risk he posed.
“NCA officers work day in, day out to keep children safe from those who wish to do them harm.
“Anyone intent on abusing children should know there’s no safe corner of the internet for them to hide in.”
Children’s welfare charity NSPCC Cymru said police on both sides of the Atlantic were to be commended for working together to catch Dennis, adding that it hoped the defendant received the treatment he needed when in custody to ensure he does pose a risk to youngsters on his release.