Government security worker, 63, jailed for sex chat with undercover cop posing as 12-year-old girl
A shamed security worker for a Government agency who engaged in vile sex chat with what he thought was a 12-year-old girl has been jailed.
When Malcolm Stephenson, 63, was told the profile he was speaking to online was that of a young schoolgirl called Emma, he should have ended the chat.
But not only did he continue, he moved the topic of conversation on to sex, outlining exactly what he wanted to do to her and what he wanted her to do to him.
Thankfully “Emma” was an undercover police officer who was running the profile on Lycos, as part of Operation Reveal, to trap men who seek to engage sexually with children online.
Now the HMRC security guard, who also used to be a manager National Car Parks, has been locked up after a judge said a message needs to go out that such behaviour will not be tolerated.
Recorder Tahir Khan QC, at Newcastle Crown Court, told Stephenson: “You know, as does any right-thinking member of the public, that that sort of behaviour was wholly inappropriate.
“People need to understand that this type of conduct can’t be tolerated and if you engage in this type of serious sexual chat, even if the person is not a child, you must expect to go to prison.
This is a case where a message must go out: If you engage in this sort of behaviour, you will go to prison.
The court heard Stephenson was on the chat site, which is intended for those over 18, using the moniker Drivendemon58.
At the beginning of August, and for around five weeks, he began chatting to a profile called Sheffieldlass.
After some general chat, the conversation moved on to dating, prosecutor David Comb said.
“Sheffieldlass said she was too young for that and it was her birthday the next day when she would be 13,” Mr Comb told the court. The conversation moved on to the purchase of a dress and a conversation about underwear.
“In a further chat, the subject said she was not 13 but still 12 and had misrepresented her age to encourage the defendant to buy things for her. He said that was something he was prepared to do.”
Stephenson then began asking if the girl had done a sex act before and if she would do it to him, then asked to see her private parts and told her what he would like to do to her.
Mr Comb said: “He showed a preparedness to engage in sexual activity with a 12-year-old child who said she was poorly off financially and he said he would make gifts and blandishments available to induce her participation.”
Stephenson, formerly of Hollywood Avenue, Gosforth, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to attempting to engage in sexual conversation with a child between August 2 and September 11.
He was jailed for 12 months and made subject to a sexual harm prevention order and must also sign the sex offenders register.
Jamie Adams, defending, said it was Stephenson who had ended the chat and he had turned down the offer of a phone number and the chance to communicate on Skype by “Emma”.
He said Stephenson, who has no previous convictions, was a manager at National Car Parks for 20 years before being made redundant, then worked in security for HMRC until losing that job as a result of his offending.