A former soldier tried to teach a 12-year-old ‘girl’ about the phrase ‘morning glory’.

Simon Launchbury, 33, of Waddeston, near Aylesbury, admitted sending sexually explicit messages to what he thought were four underage girls – but were in fact adults operating so-called decoy social media accounts.

Oxford Crown Court heard he’d spoken to the girls of wanting to perform naked massages on them, talked of meeting in a hotel room and also explained to one them meaning of the phrase ‘morning glory’.

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Appearing before the court wearing a suit and tie, Launchbury pleaded guilty to four counts of attempted sexual communication with a child.

His barrister, Kellie Enever, asked the judge to adjourn the case for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and so her solicitors could obtain any psychiatric reports commissioned by the armed forces after his offending was discovered. He was no longer in the army.

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Recorder John Hardy QC adjourned sentencing to September 17. Launchbury was bailed.

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