A man who offered cash in return for indecent images of children is this week starting a jail sentence.
Canterbury Crown Court heard that Anton Oddy had been having sexually explicit online conversations with girls.
Police found indecent images on the 24-year-old’s phone and evidence that he had been offering money for more pictures.
Oddy admitted eight counts of attempting to incite a girl to engage in sexual activity.
He was jailed for two years and eight months.
The offences took place over a two-month period in 2016.
Det Con Katie Coleman was the investigating officer for the case.
She said: “Oddy has shown himself to present a high risk to young girls online and his imprisonment means he can no longer endanger them.
“If there are any victims of sexual exploitation reading this that are yet to contact Kent Police I would encourage them to call us on 101 so that we can support them and help them pursue justice.”
Oddy, who now lives in Westgate-on-Sea, will become eligible for release from prison when he has served half his sentence.
As well as calling the police to report sexual exploitation of children, there are other agencies able to help.
They include Kent County Council’s social services team which can be contacted on 03000 414444.
The NSPCC, Childline and the group Stop Child Sexual Exploitation are also on hand to give out help and advice.
Last week, the Canterbury Journal revealed that 150 paedophiles had been arrested and charged in the last year following the activities of internet vigilante groups who set up online stings to trap people looking for sex with children.