"Your intentions were to have sexual intercourse"
Trainee GP Jamil Rehman, aged 35, of Derby, was jailed for 20 months after he tried to meet a 15-year-old girl.
He had contacted the girl on social media, however, he did not realise he was messaging a fake profile set up by a paedophile hunter group.
In April 2019, he travelled four hours from the East Midlands to Carmarthen, Wales, to meet her.
Rehman had also booked a room after making comments to the girl about kissing and hugging.
Upon arriving, he was confronted by two members of the group, who called the police.
The subsequent investigation revealed that Rehman had contacted another 13-year-old girl, implying a meeting.
During his trial, trainee GP Rehman claimed he was “seeking to help vulnerable girls” and he wanted the 15-year-old to be his “tour guide to the beaches of Southwest Wales”.
He also said he had confused the word restaurant with hotel when arranging to meet her.
But in his car, police found orgasm prevention tablets and red roses.
The trainee GP said the pills were for his wife, who is expecting their third child later in 2021.
Rehman was found guilty of attempting to meet a child following grooming.
At Swansea Crown Court, Judge Paul Thomas QC said
“You came to West Wales from the Derby area where you were practising as a doctor.
“You came down here which, on my calculation, is a four-hour journey for one purpose and that purpose was to have full sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl.
“Your intentions were to have sexual intercourse with her.
“You claimed in the course of the trial to be concerned for the welfare of vulnerable girls.
“You did believe them to be vulnerable, which is why you targeted and attempted to groom them.
“As a man who was training to be a general practitioner, you would have known full well the potential impact of what you attempted to do.
“You were a married man, you simply wanted to use these underage girls for sexual purposes. You did lie about your age online and you did so deliberately.”
Judge Thomas said Rehman had made “a series of frankly ludicrous explanations to try and persuade the jury that your motivations weren’t sexual lust but were positively altruistic”.
He said Rehman, a Pakistani citizen on a work visa in the UK, had “clearly targeted” girls he thought were vulnerable.
Judge Thomas said: “As a man who was training to be a general practitioner, who as you revealed at trial had teenage girls as patients, you would have known full well the potential impact of what you intended to do.
“You did not intend any romantic relationship as you were a married man.
“You simply wanted to use these girls for your own sexual gratification.”
Rehman was jailed for 20 months and was placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.
Judge Thomas added: “I cannot conceive of a reason where you will be allowed to continue being a doctor and as such you are unlikely to be allowed to stay.”
After sentencing, Julie Jones, of the CPS, said:
“It is fortunate that Jamil Rehman did not meet any children in this case, but it serves as a stark reminder to everyone of the dangers that children can face on social media.
“The CPS built a strong case against Rehman resulting in the jury convicting him.
“Those convictions mean he is now registered as a sex offender.”