A paedophile from Huntingdon who was caught in a police sting operation has been jailed for more than two years.
58-year-old Paul Day used a fake name on the app Kik to start conversations of a sexual nature with what he believed was a 12-year-old girl.
Between 14 October and 1 November he sent a number of inappropriate messages to the girl, who was in fact a police officer.
On one occasion he said he was in Leeds, where he believed the girl lived, and asked her which school she attended. A few days later he said he would be in the city again and wanted to meet her.
When officers arrested Day and searched his home they found a tablet computer with 21 indecent images of children. Five were classed as category A – the most severe.
Day pleaded guilty to attempting to incite a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, attempting to cause a child under 13 to watch or look at an image of sexual activity, attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and three counts of making indecent photos of a child.
Day, of New Road, Woodwalton, near Huntingdon, was sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court to two years and four months. He was also given a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years.