February 2021

Seaton Delaval predator abused one child and tried to have sex chat with three other ‘girls’ online

A predatory pervert who sexually assaulted a child and engaged in sordid chats with what he believed were young girls online has been jailed.

Stephen Davis molested an underage girl then went on to target other “girls” online – not realising they were decoy accounts set up by undercover police.

A court heard the child that he sexually assaulted has been left traumatised by the ordeal, which she kept secret for years.

David Comb, prosecuting, told Newcastle Crown Court the sexual assaults involved groping her bottom and and breast.

In a victim impact statement, she said: “He preyed on me when at my most vulnerable.

“I should not have been preyed upon by an adult.

“I find it extremely hard to trust men and their intentions.

“I feel a misplaced shame about what happened to me and I often suffer flashbacks and intrusive thoughts.

“Even though I was a young child and know, logically, this was not my fault, I question ‘why me, why then’. I feel like it’s my fault and I’m having to address it in counselling.

“I have mental torture, day in and day out.”

Despite being arrested for the sex attacks, Davis was not deterred from further offending.

He was re-arrested in May 2019 for his behaviour online with decoy profiles Alexis, 14 and Layla, 13.

During lengthy chats, he asked about their bodies, described his genitals and asked Alexis to carry out a sex act on herself.

He was then arrested again in October 2019 for similar behaviour towards another decoy profile purporting to be a 12-year-old girl called Lucy on Facebook.

Davis, 53, Patterson Close, Seaton Delaval, Northumberland, pleaded guilty to three sexual assaults, three counts of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and two offences of attempting to incite a child into sexual activity.

Judge Robert Spragg jailed him for five years and made him subject to a sexual harm prevention order for 15 years and he must register as a sex offender for life.