Man charged with attempt to meet teenage girl for sexual purposes in Crawley
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A man has been charged with trying to meet a teenage girl for sex in Crawley after online contact.
Nigel McDermott, 52, a builders merchant, of Hawks Ridge, Harnham, Wilts, appeared at Crawley Magistrates Court on Friday 14 February, charged with engaging in sexual communication with a child. He did not enter a plea and was released on conditional court bail, to appear at Lewes Crown Court on 13 March.
It is alleged that he was in online contact with someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl, but who was in fact a police officer.
The prosecution, authorised by the CPS, follows an intelligence-led investigation by the Sussex Police Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT), working closely with the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU).
Communications devices were seized when officers arrested McDermott in a car park at Tilgate Park, Crawley, on Wednesday 12 February.
Enquiries have confirmed that no child was at risk.