Zookeeper jailed over sexual messages sent to teenage girl

Paedophile zookeeper, 37, who told girl, 14, to meet him for sex wearing her school uniform weeps as he is jailed for 21 months

  • Daniel Atter, 37, told girl, 14, to meet him at Premier Inn for ‘sex with daddy’ 
  • He messaged another underage girl saying he wanted to take her virginity
  • Ex-Woburn Safari Park worker, of Powys, Wales, was jailed for 21 months 

A zookeeper has been jailed for asking a teenage girl to meet up with him for sex wearing her school uniform.

Daniel Atter, 37, who has worked as a zookeeper and ecologist at the Natural History Museum in London and Woburn Safari Park, started using internet chatrooms during a ‘lull’ in his workload.

During lewd conversations with a 14-year-old girl he asked her to meet him for sex at a Premier Inn.

He asked her to wear her school uniform and wear her hair in pigtails so he could hold onto them. 

After police raided his home in Powys, Wales, just before Christmas in 2017, they found he had messaged another underage girl saying he would be ‘happy to take her virginity’.

He was jailed for 21 months and ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court.    

Daniel Atter, 37, has been jailed for 21 years and ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court

Andrew Taylor, defending, said: ‘As a result in a lull in his work he decided to experiment by looking at websites and chatrooms. It became more and more exciting to him.

‘He made contact with the teenage girl and asked her to go to a Premier Inn in Oxford saying: ‘You can meet your new daddy for sex’.’

Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard ‘highly intelligent’ Atter had previously viewed websites called ‘Jailbait’ and ‘Junior Miss Pageant Nude’.

Mr Taylor said: ‘There was never an actual meeting partly due to the geographical distance between them.

‘The young girl saw the error and danger of speaking to him and was able to draw back.’

Police raided Atter’s home in Llandrindod Wells, Powys, on 23 December, 2017, after receiving information about his internet activity.

They seized a laptop, a Hudl tablet and a USB drive containing more than 1,000 indecent images of children, some as young as five.

When interviewed, Atter said he said he had an interest in adult pornography and had only visited adult chatrooms. 

He is a leading authority on dormice and invertebrates and is licensed to carry out studies on protected European species.

The court heard Atter had lost his reputation, his company DA Ecology based in Stroud, Gloucester, has folded, and his long-term girlfriend had left him.

Mr Taylor said: ‘These offences would not have occurred 30 to 40 years ago when it would have been almost impossible for a man of his age to meet a girl of 15.

‘But the web has a dark side and Mr Atter fell into a trap which has led him to where he is today.

During lewd conversations with a 14-year-old girl, Daniel Atter (pictured) asked a 14-year-old girl to meet him for sex at a Premier Inn in Oxford 

‘He is a highly intelligent man who feels a great sense of responsibility and shame.

‘He is prepared for his loss of liberty. This has been a very hard lesson for him.’ 

Atter, dressed in a navy suit and tie, wept and shook, as the details of his crimes were given to the court.

He admitted attempting to cause a girl aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity, causing a girl aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity and three charges of making indecent images of children.

He was jailed for 21 months and ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

Judge Peter Heywood told him: ‘You are an intelligent man with professional standing – it’s sad to see someone of your calibre in the dock.

‘You made vile suggestions to a 14-year-old girl – it was totally inappropriate and disgraceful conduct, it was however out of character

‘I take the view that these offences pass the custody threshold.’

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