Sex offender who breached court order is now jailed
A sex offender who was spared a prison sentence after falling for online activists’ sting last summer, is now behind bars after repeating the offence.
Christopher John Peart thought he was contacting a 14-year-old girl on social media, offering her £50 for indecent photos and more to buy her silence.
Durham Crown Court heard in reality he was communicating with a member of the Child Online Safety Team who posted the decoy profile of the girl.
Peart was given a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with an order to attend 30 rehabilitation sessions overseen by the Probation Service, when he appeared at the court for sentence, on August 25.
He was also made subject of restrictions in internet use as part of a ten-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).
But Peart, 34, of Rose Terrace, Middleton-in-Teesdale, was back at the court, appearing via video link from nearby Durham Prison, in breach of the order.
The court heard he failed to reveal having a tablet device when his sex offender manager visited his home in December.
But it was found in a police search, hidden under a set of drawers in his bedroom, a month later.
Ian West, prosecuting, said examination of its contents revealed access to two chat sites in which he believed he was communicating with a 13-year-old girl, using sexualised terms.
This time he was corresponding with another decoy, created by an undercover police officer.
Mr West said when he was arrested Peart made initial denials, claiming not to know about the tablet.
But, when the case went before magistrates, he admitted attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and two counts of breaching a restraining order.
Judge James Adkin said little more than three months after receiving the suspended sentence order he was engaging in “graphic sexual conversation” with what he thought to be a teenage girl.
Imposing a 29-month prison sentence the judge also ordered forfeiture and destruction of the tablet device.
Pervert, 33, exposed in paedophile hunters’ online sting
A pervert made repeated online requests to what he thought was a 14-year-old girl to send him naked images of herself, a court heard.
Christopher John Peart offered to pay ‘Kaylea’ £50 for each photo she sent him and £100 to buy her silence, telling her he was looking for a girl to “spoil”.
These and other indecent messages were sent despite it being made clear that ‘Kaylea’, a decoy profile posted by the paedophile-hunting group, the Child Online Safety team, was only aged 14.
Durham Crown Court, sitting at Newcastle, was told when confronted by a member of the team and before police arrived to arrest him, he tried to wipe clear his mobile phone of the messages.
Peart, 33, of Allerton Court, Stanhope, admitted attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.
Judge Ray Singh imposed a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, during which Peart must complete a 30-day sex offenders’ programme and undergo 20 other rehabilitation activity days, both overseen by the Probation Service.
He will also be subject to registration as a sex offender and the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, both for ten years.