Depraved Jeff Robinson took indecent photos of a five-year-old girl and then suggested to a stranger that he could sexually abuse her after sending him pictures of the her.
Included with the pictures was a sexually graphic account of what Robinson claimed to have done to the child.
Robinson from Tebworth near Leighton Buzzard made contact with the other man online using a special app that provided users with anonymity.
But after the man was arrested in Northamptonshire and police saw what the photos and messages on his mobile phone they set about tracking down Robinson to his home in Bedfordshire.
On Friday, July 10, the 52-year-old from Vine Road, Tebworth appeared for sentence at Luton Crown Court having earlier pleaded guilty to making indecent photos of a child, possessing a prohibited image of a child, taking an indecent photo of a child and publishing an obscene article.
Prosecutor Daniel Wright told how in June of 2018 Robinson, who the court heard had been involved in regular charity work over the years, was using a special messaging app in communications with a man in the Northants area.
There was talk between the pair concerning their interest in child sex abuse with the defendant telling the other man about sexual activity he had been engaged in that involved a five-year-old girl.
In one communication he told the man: “If you are interested we can have a lot of fun with her.”
Robinson said, he would “love” the other man to sexually abuse the child and the pair discussed meeting up.
In another communication with the man, Robinson said “Is it just a fancy for you or do you play with young for real”.
Robinson told the man about his own sexual activities with children and sent the man photos of the girl.
Mr Wright told the court how in November of 2018 police arrested the Northamptonshire man and upon examining his phone found the communications between himself and Robinson as well as the two indecent photos sent to him by the defendant.
Mr Wright said police were eventually able to track down Robinson and arrested him in July of last year.
On his phone they found 72 images of young children, two images of the five-year-old girl he had been referring to during his communications with the Northants man and three indecent cartoon style images depicting child sex abuse.
Mr Rhodri James defending said: “He says to me at no stage has he touched indecently, illegally or sexually the girl concerned.
He said Robinson had got caught up in “depraved messaging”.
Passing sentence Judge Tayton said, she accepted that the defendant had not not touched the child sexually.
She said police had found material on his phone which included “graphic descriptions of child sex abuse.”
The judge told Robinson: “They were of a depraved nature.”
She jailed him for a total of two years and eight months and ordered his name be added to the sex offenders register.
He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order, part of which will which will monitor his activity on the internet.
The judge ordered the forfeiture and destruction of his mobile phone.