The manager of a coffee shop in Hove has been given four-and-a-half years in prison for attempting to meet with an 11-year-old girl for sex.
Kevin Baldock, 47-years-old, is the catering manager of The Drive in Hove. On Tuesday 20th February he was sentenced at Hove Crown Court. He pleaded guilty to two offences of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity at his hearing on January 18th. A further charge of grooming in relation to the same incident was not continued with and will remain on the court file.
Baldock will be placed on the sex offender register indefinitely and given a ten-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO). This order severely restricts his access to both children and computers.
Baldock was arrested on Monday 18th December in Crawley, following an intelligence-led investigation by detectives from the Sussex Police Paedophile OnLine Investigation Unit (POLIT).
When his arrest took place Baldock was at his place of work, a cafe in George Street, Hove. This location, as well as his home address, was searched on his arrest. At both addresses relevant material was found and it was discovered that Baldock had used a tablet to chat online with the girl.
Detective Constable Martin Harmer said; “Baldock was engaging in sexualised chat online with someone he thought was an 11-year-old girl, with the intention of meeting for sex. In fact he was in contact with an undercover police officer.
“When he made an arrangement to meet her in Crawley town centre on that Monday morning it was with the clear intention of finding a hotel room and engaging in sex with her. But when he arrived by train we arrested him at Crawley railway station.”