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44 year old paedophile guilty of attempting to arrange sex with 11 year old girl

|News, Sexual offences

Former Bank of England employee, Matthew Millen, has been found guilty of attempting to pay for the sexual services of a child. Millen had arranged payment with what he believed to be the 11 year old’s father, who he anticipated also being present during the criminal act.    

The 44 year old had made arrangements using WhatsApp and had planned to record himself abusing the 11 year old child. Millen had made a date and location to meet the child and travelled from Essex to the Westquay Shopping Centre in Southampton. He was arrested by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit, where he discovered that the 11 year old girl he had been speaking to was in fact an undercover police officer.    

Jurors at Southampton Crown Court unanimously found him guilty. He was sent to prison for three years and is now subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order. Millen’s mobile phone will be destroyed and the money he arranged to pay will be donated to charity. He will also be put on the Sex Offenders Register. 

Anthony Johns, from CPS Wessex, said: “Thankfully, there was not a real 11 year old victim at the centre of this prosecution, but nevertheless we are committed to bringing to justice paedophiles who seek to prey on the young and vulnerable.” 

If you have been a victim, or if you have experienced inappropriate contact online, please get in touch with a trusted adult or your local police. 

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