Convicted paedophile from Cambridge snared by undercover officer who was posing as a 14-year-old boy online
A convicted paedophile from Cambridge who tried to meet someone he believed to be a 14-year-old boy has been jailed for a year.
Michael Frost, 69, was handed a five-year sexual harm prevention order and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for five years in 2017 after attempting to meet a boy under the age of 16.
On June 25, 2019, Frost began messaging an undercover police officer who was posing as a 14-year-old boy online.
Frost admitted they were both “illegal” but repeatedly asked for indecent images of the ‘boy’ and sent inappropriate photos of himself.
He continued to speak sexually with the ‘boy’ before asking to meet him a week later and offering to pay for a hotel room.
When officers arrested Frost at his Bradmore Street home in August 2019, they also found a small cannabis growing set-up.
Frost was jailed at Cambridge Crown Court on Wednesday (September 23), having pleaded guilty to attempting to engage in sexual communications with a child, attempting to incite a boy aged 13-15 to engage in sexual activity and allowing the production of cannabis.
He was also made the subject of a 10-year sexual harm prevention order and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.
Det Con Paul Baysting, who investigated, said: “Frost was convinced he was speaking with a 14-year-old boy yet still sent inappropriate messages, pictures and even asked to meet up in person.
“He has consistently shown he is a threat to the public but thanks to his sentence he will be behind bars for some time.
“When he is released from prison we will have the powers necessary to monitor his behaviour, minimising further risk to the public.”
Anyone concerned someone may have been convicted of a sex offence, and posing a risk to someone, can apply for disclosure information through Clare's Law and Sarah’s Law.
For information and advice about child abuse, including sexual abuse, visit the force website: www.cambs.police.uk/childprotection.
Anyone who has concerns about child abuse should contact police on 101 (or report online at www.cambs.police.uk/report), children’s social care or the NSPCC. If a child is in immediate danger always call 999.