A YOXALL businessman has been jailed for six years, after he admitted sexually abusing two girls aged two and seven.
Scott Cordner joined with another man, Robert Dunn, to target the toddler, in an attack which took place at a house in Staffordshire.
The 42-year-old, of Ferrers Road, also made and downloaded indecent images of children – continuing to stockpile pictures on his computer even when he was released on bail, Stafford Crown Court was told on Friday.
Judge Mark Eades told the two men, who exchanged messages about their child sex fantasies in an internet chat room: "You both have a dark secret – you are both attracted to young girls. It's easy to hide that secret in the privacy of your own home, behind your computer. It seems harmless, but it's not. Some of the disgusting conversations you two had on the internet have been read out – horrible conversations about horrible acts.
"The trouble with it is that it can lead to the execution of these acts."
The pair's relationship began by sharing messages of a sexual nature about each other's wives, prosecutor Nicholas Cartwright said. They then moved on to exchange messages about sexual activity against children, before planning to abuse a very young girl.
He said the conversations started out as 'fantasy'.
The pair were discovered when Cordner's wife used her husband's computer in January of this year.
Laura Pitman, defending, said: "He was a man of previous good character and a businessman. wHe appeared to have everything you could hope for, but he then disturbed not only his own life, but his wife's."