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British Army medic asked a 12-year-old girl if he could pay £300 to take her virginity

Private citizen Peter Harries, 28, has been jailed for more than two years after sending messages to undercover cops posing as a 12-year-old girl on a chat app called Kik

Private Peter Harries, 28, believed he was texting a child named Chloe while using the app Kik
Private Peter Harries, 28, believed he was texting a child named Chloe while using the app Kik

A British Army medic who asked a “12-year-old girl” to be his “sugar baby” and offered her hundreds of pounds to take her virginity was jailed for over two years.

Private Peter Harries, 28, believed he texted a child named Chloe while using the app Kik, but he was actually speaking to two undercover cops, a military court heard.

The married father was told the girl was 12 and from the UK before offering to pay her £5 for nude pics, £10 for a nude video and up to £100 for sex.

But when “Chloe” asked if it was important that she hadn’t had sex before, he said he would pay her £300 as it was her first time, the Bulford military court was told.

Pte Harries, of the 1st Medical Regiment, was arrested and an investigation found indecent pictures – including a category A picture, the highest category – on his computer at his living quarters in Tidworth, Wiltshire.







The married father was sentenced to 30 months in prison, half of which will be served in prison and the rest on licence
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The medic, who has served in the army for nearly four years, pleaded guilty to three counts of attempting to incite a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and one count of indecent imagery.

He has now been sentenced to 30 months in prison – half of which will be served on remand and the rest on license – and discharged from the army.

The court-martial heard that shortly after a brief introduction in February 2020, Pte Harries began asking the fake profile, which had no picture, about nudes and sex.

Major Jon Griffiths, prosecutor, said: “The online personality says she is 12 and from the UK and he asks ‘would you like to be my sugar baby’. She asks what a sugar baby is.

“He says, ‘I pay you, I have sex with you, you send pictures and videos’. The girl then replied, ‘Oh wow, you pay me, I don’t get pocket money. Does it matter if I don’t have any? already had sex?’

“He said, ‘I’m going to fuck you even though you’ve never done anything before.’ He said he would pay £5 for three acts, £10 to £15 for a video and up to £100 for sex.

“But then he said ‘because it’s your first time I’ll give you £300’.







Pte Harries was also placed under a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years (Bulford Military Court file photo)
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“During these conversations he told her he was a paramedic at a hospital in Wiltshire. He asked for her phone number but she didn’t give it so he gave a phone number instead.

“The police then traced it back to him and his parents’ address.”

Following his arrest in March 2020, Pte Harries gave police an interview without comment before pleading guilty to the four counts.

Jonathan Lynch, defending himself, told the court: “He is a decent, compassionate, caring father, husband and soldier. He’s disgusted with the part of him that finds children attractive, he’s really desperate and hates that part of him.

“He doesn’t want to be who he is. He didn’t wake up one day and choose to be like this.

“That’s how he was born, you can’t teach him that, it’s part of him and he doesn’t want it to be who he is.”

Judge Advocate Edward Legard condemned Pte Harries, saying: “They offered money for nude photos and money for videos of her masturbating and offered her £300 for the first meeting.

“Possession of child pornography is far from a victimless crime. They are often young and are often recruited from poor backgrounds.

“You are exploited and abused by others just to please people like you. It’s people like you that feed the market.

“Like many cases of this nature, this is a very sad case as the repercussions of your crime will not only affect you but your immediate family as well. But it will affect your relationship with your daughter.”

Pte Harries was also placed under a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.

He must give the police his address and his name indefinitely.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/british-army-medic-asked-12-27346283 British Army medic asked a 12-year-old girl if he could pay £300 to take her virginity

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