A woman pregnant with a paedophile’s child had no idea he had a string of convictions and was banned from being around children as he “deliberately deceived” her, a court heard.
Jamie Henfrey, 24, had his first conviction in 2017 after trying to groom online a 12-year-old girl who turned out to be a policeman.
There followed convictions for possessing child porn and breaching his sexual harm prevention order, which led to a 13-month jail sentence in May 2019.
After his release from prison he met a woman online in October 2020 and they started a relationship.
But on April 21 this year, a fake police account on Snapchat – pretending to be a 12-year-old girl called Holly – received messages from Henfrey, who sent her explicit pictures and videos of himself, LeicestershireLive reports.
He also sent her detailed instructions of explicit acts he wanted her to perform on herself.
When police went to Henfrey’s home in Glen Parva, Leicestershire, his grandmother answered the door and told the officers he was staying in Birmingham with his girlfriend.
The woman had a one-year-old child from a previous relationship and Henfrey – who was banned from staying in a house with a child – was also required by court order to tell anyone he had an intimate relationship with all about all his sexual convictions.
But instead, Henfrey had told his girlfriend his involvement with the probation service was to do with money he owned other people.
At Leicester Crown Court on Friday, Henfrey admitted breaching his order twice, attempted sexual communication with a child and attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act.
He also admitted being in breach of a suspended sentence order he was given at Leicester Magistrates’ Court last year for installing Snapchat on his phone, which also went against his previous court order.
The order had been issued to protect children from Henfrey but he had been ignoring it.
Prosecutor Jonathan Dunne said Henfrey was “flying under the radar of those who are tasked to keep others safe.”
Ben Gow, representing Henfrey, told the court: “Mr Henfrey is a young man still. He tells me he doesn’t have a real interest in children – he gets drunk and has a compulsion to get online and behave as he did.
“He is desperate to stop.”
Recorder Sandeep Kainth expressed his concern for Henfrey’s girlfriend, who is currently pregnant with his child.
He said: “As a consequence of your deliberate deception she is now pregnant.
“I don’t know if you had been full and frank with her she would have still been with you.
“You knew full well that if you were going to have a relationship, and that person had a child, you had no option but to notify the police and be frank with your partner.
“But you told her a pack of lies.”
He described Kaith’s offending as “absolutely grotesque” and his previous convictions as “a depressing read”.
Sentencing Henfrey to 41 months in jail he told him: “You are depraved.”