A television sports producer has admitted sex offences after he was confronted by so-called paedophile hunters when he travelled to the UK to meet what he thought was a 13-year-old girl.
At Leeds Crown Court on Monday Kieran Creaven, 55, admitted attempting to meet a child following grooming for a sexual purpose and of attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity, namely kissing and cuddling.
At a hearing in November, prosecutor Jill Seddon told Leeds Magistrates’ Court that Creaven, of Dublin, said in one message that he ‘felt horny’ and that he also sent a photograph of an erect penis.
Ms Seddon told the court at the earlier hearing: ‘He wished he could go to bed with her and wished he could cuddle her and he told her he felt horny.
‘He sent a picture of his erect penis to the girl and she says she has not seen one before because she is only 13.’
Creaven, who works for the Irish broadcaster RTE, flew from Ireland to Leeds to meet up at The Queens Hotel with the ‘girl’, who was in fact a fake online identity created by a group of so-called paedophile hunters.
The offences were said to have taken place from July 1 – when the defendant first contacted the ‘girl’ online – to November 18 when he arrived at the hotel in the city.
He was released on bail to be sentenced on February 12.
His lawyer told a previous hearing that he did not want to have sex with the girl but that he wanted to meet her in a ‘fatherly and wholesome way.
They said: ‘He did not intend to have sex with her but wanted to take her to the Christmas market and get something to eat.’
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