Littleport paedophile jailed after he flew to America to have sex with two young brothers

Paul Charles Wilkins

Paul Charles Wilkins - Credit: Archant

A paedophile who travelled to America from Cambridgeshire to have sex with two young brothers has been sentenced to 13 years behind bars by a Los Angeles Court.

Paul Charles Wilkins, 70, of Littleport, flew to California in January 2016.

He was caught in an undercover sting and faced several charges, but under a plea agreement pleaded guilty to taking pornographic images into the country.

He was also ordered to pay a $25,000 (£20,400) fine.

Wilkins, who holds dual UK and US citizenship, was jailed for 56 months in the UK in 2011 for possessing indecent images of children.

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He was on probation when he left the UK on January 31 last year, travelling to California to “engage in illicit sexual conduct” with two boys aged 10 and 12, US officials said.

Wilkins was arrested after paying an undercover officer to arrange for him to have sex with a boy in Palm Springs.

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Wilkins had set up an online site enabling him to arrange to meet boys, and had made the journey to the US after a man apparently offered him sex with his two sons.

When that plan failed to materialise, Wilkins fell prey to a sting operation set up by undercover agents.

They contacted him via the online group administered by Wilkins, and used by people with a “sexual interest in children”.

He paid one of the agents $250 (£204) for sex with a nine-year-old Mexican boy in Palm Springs.

But the boy did not exist and Wilkins was arrested on February 11 after handing over the money for his “share” in the child.

Wilkins initially denied four charges of travelling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, attempted sex trafficking of children, possession of child pornography and transportation of child pornography.

In September he pleaded guilty to the latter charge under a plea agreement with the US Attorney’s Office.

“This defendant persistently engaged in the sexual exploitation of children,” said United States Attorney Eileen M Decker.

“Today’s sentence ensures that children will be protected from his abhorrent conduct for many years.”

Last year the United States Attorney Eileen Decker said: “Child predators – whether foreign or domestic – threaten the most vulnerable members of society, which is why we devote considerable resources to stopping them.”

Wilkins allegedly travelled to the Coachella Valley in late January in order to have sex with brothers who were 10 and 12 years old.

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