Winchester Crown Court heard how he had been using a messaging service called Kik to plan the abuse. Baynes was talking to a man called Alex Humphrey, who was actually an undercover officer, about sleeping with his niece.
Richard Onslow, prosecuting, told the Court on Tuesday that Baynes said he previously been with a 14-year-old girl and was “expressing a desire, as he did to other Kik users, for a younger girl”.
“Alex replied that he was active with his niece aged eight. He [Baynes] asked whether there were any pictures of her and asked whether Alex ever shared her.”
The court was told that Baynes described what he would like to do with the girl, and then asked for advice as he had “never done one so young, was a little bit scared but also really excited”.
Mr Onslow said that Baynes “was advised to bring a treat for her and then she would be anyone’s.”
Unaware he was part of a proactive operation, Baynes arrived at the A34 services in possession of restraints, sex toys and lubricant, intending to commit serious child sexual abuse. He also had a small teddy, three bags of sweets and three Monster energy drinks.
His electronic devices were seized and he was found to be in possession of 1,430 indecent or extreme images. He was also the administrator of an account where indecent images were being exchanged with like-minded offenders.
It was found that on 15th June, he was also communicating sexually with a 13-year-old girl and had asked for pictures of her.
Following a complex investigation between the Internet Child Abuse Team (ICAT) and SEROCU, Baynes plead guilty to the following ten charges:
• Arranging/facilitating the rape of a child under 13-years-old
• Three counts of making indecent images of children
• One count of possession of extreme indecent images
• Three counts of distributing indecent images of children
• Intentionally encouraging an offender to commit an indictable offence.
On Tuesday 22nd December, Baynes was sentenced to eight years in prison and will be on license for four years after his release.
In sentencing, Judge Keith Cutler QC had on his screen an image of the cuddly toy Baynes was to give to his victim.
Judge Cutler QC said:
“That stuffed toy, the little cuddly stuffed toy that you were hoping to give to that eight-year-old girl then commit your perverted actions upon her.
“You genuinely expected to have penetrative sex with this eight-year-old girl, fortunately, she didn’t exist but that brought your criminality out into the open.”
DC Steve Hill, of Hampshire Constabulary’s ICAT said:
“Prior to his arrest Lance Baynes had been planning to commit an atrocious offence against what he believed was an 8-year-old girl. He is a dangerous offender, and I hope his sentencing reassures the public.
“This was a complex and difficult investigation, and I would like to thank our colleagues at SEROCU for their assistance in bringing this case to justice.
“We take all reports of sexual offending very seriously, and will do anything in our power to bring those responsible to justice and to protect vulnerable people from such predators.”
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