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A 63-year-old pervert plied girls as young as 11 with alcohol - and then coaxed them into posing for photographs in their underwear.
Schoolgirls - aged between 11 and 14 - were given sexy clothes by kinky Paul Baker and made to perform "glamour" poses.
When police raided his home in High Street, Margate, Baker blamed the girls - saying they asked him to take the snaps.
A judge has now heard that none of the girls were sexually assaulted by Baker.
But a forensic search of Baker's computer revealed he also had a stash of 50 illegal sex images, which he had downloaded on the internet after searching for "pre-teen" pictures.
Baker has now been jailed for 21 months and ordered to keep away from children in the future after admitting eight charges of taking indecent photos of children and two of making indecent photos.
"After the first few visits, photographs started to be taken at the defendant's request and while they were under the influence of drink..." - prosecutor Dominic Connolly
Prosecutor Dominic Connolly told Canterbury Crown Court: "The matters came to light in August 2012 when a 14-year-old revealed to her mother she had been photographed while visiting Baker with friends.
"Police went to his home and seized a computer and camera and discovered 37 photographs involving six children.
"One of the girls revealed how she had gone to the flat with two friends to smoke and drink alcohol. She revealed how he would purchase cigarettes and give them alcohol.
"After the first few visits, photographs started to be taken at the defendant's request and while they were under the influence of drink."
The court heard Baker began asking the girls to pull down their tops and show their cleavage - with two of them later revealing they were scared to say no.
"They were also asked to wear provocative clothing which Baker had in a room and on occasions talked two girls into taking off their tops for photographs after buying them make-up, food stuffs and also gave them cash," said the prosecutor.
When detectives seized the computer, they discovered sick sex images of children up to the second highest category and involving children as young as two.
Mr Connolly added that when he was quizzed by police "he tried to minimise his responsibility".
"He said that he had taken a dozen photographs just to please them," he said. "He said the clothing had been left by other females who had been at the flat doing glamour modelling."
Judge Heather Norton told him: "You tried to put the blame on these children but you plied them with alcohol.
"You were the adult, you now bear the responsibility for what happened."
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