October 2017

Laughing pervert with nappy-wearing child rape video jailed after trying to meet boy for bondage sex

A laughing pervert who tried to meet a young boy for sex and bondage and was found with a vile video of a nappy-wearing child being raped has had the smile wiped off his face after he was jailed.

Michael Aldridge was initially caught out in a Dark Justice sting after trying to meet a fictitious 13-year-old girl, but his offending didn’t stop there.

He was on bail for that when he told a community psychiatric nurse he had a sexual interest in children and might have downloaded indecent images.

When police looked at his computer equipment they discovered a vile library of images including the nappy rape video.

They also found Skype conversations between Aldridge and a real 13-year-old boy, who he tried to arrange to meet in a hotel for sex and asked to send him indecent video of himself.

Now the 35-year-old, of Bewick Court, Newcastle, has been locked up for three years after he admitted inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and possessing indecent images.

As well as the prison sentence he must sign the sex offenders’ register indefinitely, was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order and was barred from working with children.

Referring to the “most disturbing offence” against the boy, Judge Stephen Earl, at Newcastle Crown Court, said: “Within 20 minutes of going online to chat he was proposing to meet up with this child.

“The conversation showed penetrative sex was likely to take place, including bondage.

“When the child said he couldn’t stay overnight he suggested meeting in shopping centre toilets but it didn’t happen because the defendant had put his back out.

“He suggested meeting in a hotel, he had made a booking.

“The mother of the boy says it left him feeling ashamed and apologetic for the effects on him and his family.”

Kevin Wardlaw, prosecuting, told an earlier hearing Aldridge was arrested in the Dark Justice sting in October 2016 and was on bail for that offence when he downloaded the indecent images and began chatting to the 13-year-old boy.

Mr Wardlaw said: “He was seen by a community psychiatric nurse. In a conversation with the nurse, he disclosed a sexual attraction towards children, which was reported immediately to the police by the nurse.

“The decision was made to urgently carry out checks on the defendant’s devices.”

The court was told that, on a laptop and hard drive, more than 600 indecent images and videos of children were found, including 31 category A, which are the most serious kind and involve penetrative sexual activity.

Officers also found Skype conversations between Aldridge and a 13-year-old boy, in which they had agreed to meet for sex, including bondage, Mr Wardlaw said.

The prosecutor added: “When he heard the child couldn’t spend the night with him, he said they could use a shopping centre loo for sexual activity.

“That meeting didn’t take place because the defendant injured his back. However, he messaged the child to say he had booked a hotel for April 28 and 29 2017.”

The prosecutor said Aldridge told the teenager to bring “condoms, lube and cuffs” and was found to have booked a room at a Holiday Inn Express in the North West.

Mr Wardlaw said: “It was quite apparent the intention was penetrative sexual activity to take place with the 13-year-old child.”

However, police searched Aldridge’s home on the day the meeting was due to take place on April 28 and seized his computers.

August 2017

Pervert, 35, tried to take a boy, 13, to a hotel for sex while out on bail

A pervert planned to take a 13-year-old boy to a hotel for sex while out on bail after being snared by online child protection team Dark Justice

Michael Aldridge was already on bail after trying to meet a girl, also aged 13, he had been chatting to online – but was exposed by group Dark Justice.

The 35-year-old, who claimed to be aged 19 during chats, was arrested and charged by the police but allowed out on bail while his case went through the courts.

Within months, Aldridge had confessed to a health professional that he had a ‘sexual attraction’ to children, which sparked a police probe of his home computers.

Newcastle Crown Court heard officers were permitted to interrogate his internet devices without warning as part of his bail conditions.

The search revealed Aldridge had a sickening collection of child abuse images and plans to take a teen boy to a Holiday Inn hotel.

The court heard Skype records revealed he had engaged in sexual conversations with the 13-year-old and persuaded him to show his private parts over the camera.

Prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw told the court: ‘There was a proposal to meet within 20 minutes.

‘The conversation indicated the two were to meet for penetrative sexual activity, which would include bondage. There was an agreement to meet the day after.

‘When hearing the child could not spend the night with him, he said they could use a shopping centre loo for sexual activity.’

The court heard Aldridge cancelled the first meeting and claimed he had a bad back.

But he set up a second meeting for the end of April and arranged a hotel stay through Booking.com.

Aldridge was arrested on the day the hotel meeting had been due to take place and had been ‘blocked’ online by the teen the day before.

Aldridge, from Newcastle, pleaded guilty to attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

He also admitted having a total of 687 indecent images of children on his home devices. He will be sentenced next month.