A PENYGROES man has denied attempting to message a child on a Snapchat account set up under a false name.

Kris Maisey, 33, of Norton Road, appeared at Swansea Crown Court facing four offences.

Maisey was charged with attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child – who was actually an undercover officer – between December 3 and 20.

It was also alleged that he attempted to breach a sexual harm prevention order – made at Swansea Crown Court on December 8, 2022 – by attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.

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Maisey also faced two charges of breaching a sexual harm prevention order. These related to allegedly having a Snapchat account in a name other than his own, and reportedly deleting Snapchat conversation history.

He pleaded not guilty to each of the four charges.

Ian Ibrahim, defending, said: “He says somebody else must have logged on to the Wi-Fi at the address.

“He is well-known in the area.”

Mr Ibrahim said the defendant acknowledged that an image sent to the 'child' was his, but said it had been taken from the internet. The defendant denied that he had sent it himself.

“He is simply going to say he has been set up,” Judge Catherine Richards summarised.

Maisey was remanded back in to custody, and a trial was scheduled for June 3.