Original article from Kent Live
A 70-year-old man has been jailed after he tried to meet children through the internet.
Robert Reddin, was arrested at his home in St Mary's Bay, Romney Marsh on June 11 2018 as part of a police crackdown on people possessing indecent images of children.
A search warrant was carried out on his address where officers found indecent images of children on his laptop.
Kent Police's Paedophile Online Investigation Team found Reddin had sent online messages to people he thought were children. Some of these were as young as 11.
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The content of the conversations was sexual and Reddin had encouraged them to engage in sexual acts, send him pictures and to meet him.
Officers also found that Reddin was in contact with adults who he hoped would help him to meet children.
At Canterbury Crown Court on June 30 he was jailed for four and a half years and made the subject of a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order, which will limit his access to the internet on release.
Detective Sergeant Shona Ross, Kent Police's investigating officer, said: "I am pleased that this offender has been brought to justice and sentenced appropriately. He is clearly a danger to children, preying on the vulnerable online, where the risk to such children is significant.
"Offenders must understand that the internet is not some sort of other world where harm is different or lessened. It involves real children suffering real abuse, often with nowhere to turn for help.
"Kent Police will continue to work with partner agencies to track down and investigate all those who seek to cause suffering to some of the most vulnerable in society."