“Dangerous” sex offender behind bars after travelling 51 miles to commit child sex offences in Bedford

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Lee Millar

A “dangerous” sex offender who travelled 51 miles from London to Bedford with two bags of sweets to commit child sex offences in Bedford has been jailed.

Lee Millar, 53, of Locarno Road, Greenford, began a conversation last year with someone online that he thought had access to an 11-year-old girl.

Within hours of the first discussion, the conversation turned to a sexual nature and the two exchanged various messages between May and July last year.

He then arranged to travel from Greenford in southwest London to Bedford to commit sexual offences against the 11-year-old girl, where he was arrested by officers at Bedford railway station.

On Thursday 15 July, Millar was jailed for four years and three months for facilitating and arranging the commission of a child sex offence.

The judge recognised Millar as a dangerous offender and based on this he will serve an extended licence period of four years, taking his total sentence to eight years and three months.

Millar was also found guilty of breaching his Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), which will now be in force for life.

Investigation Officer Michela Zasada, from Bedfordshire Police’s Internet Child Abuse Investigation team, said: “I am glad that Millar is now behind bars and no longer poses a risk to children in Bedfordshire or anywhere else across the country.

“Millar was determined to commit this crime, regardless of the significant impact it would have had on the victim and only showed remorse for being caught.

“He is a dangerous offender and by continuing this abusive behaviour, he has shown total disregard for his previous conviction, which is something we will never tolerate.”

Parents can visit the Parents Protect website, which is run by the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, for lots of useful resources to help prevent online child sexual abuse. It also contains a list of organisations and resources focusing on keeping children safe in the digital world.

The NSPCC Share Aware website also contains advice and tips about how children can keep themselves safe online.

To report concerns around child sexual abuse call the police on 101.

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