February 2021

Ashington man calling himself ‘older perv’ engaged in sordid sex chat with ’13-year-old girl’

A pervert who engaged in sickening sex chat with what he thought was a 13-year-old girl was snared in an undercover police sting.

David Charlton, using the moniker “older perv”, began talking to a profile on Kik which he thought was a child called Ava.

A court heard that, in fact, Ava was a decoy profile being run by police seeking to catch those seeking to communicate sexually with children.

Charlton told her he found girls her age sexually attractive, talked about sex acts and asked if she would be interested in meeting up in real life.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that when told she was off school pretending to be sick, he asked if she would like him to visit her and suggested a sex act he could do to her.

Geraldine Kelly, prosecuting, said Charlton became suspicious it was a man running the profile and that he might be blackmailed.

“He was reassured when she sent a picture of a 13-year-old in pyjamas pretending to be Ava,” Miss Kelly said.

“He asked for a mobile phone number to reassure him she was real.

“He continued his inappropriate sexual chat.

“He said he would like to rip off her school uniform.

“He said he wanted to meet her and expressed a desire to touch her.”

The court heard Charlton discussed sex acts, sent a picture of his penis and asked to meet her the following day.

When he was arrested, he said he was just fantasising and didn’t believe it was a real child.”

Charlton, 43, of Monkseaton Terrace, Ashington, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to attempting to sexually communicate with a child.

Judge Julie Clemitson sentenced him to a three-year community order, fined him £500 and imposed a sexual harm prevention order.

The judge told him: “You, quite rightly , looked thoroughly ashamed as you heard the details of this sordid offence being relayed to the court.

“You thought it was a 13-year-old child. Luckily, it was a police officer.

“You engaged in the most revolting, explicit, sexual conversations while, it appears, engaging in sexual activity yourself while talking to her.