February 2021

Gateshead man who discussed meeting a ’14-year-old’ girl for sex snared by paedo hunters

Paedophile hunters snared a man who discussed meeting a “14-year-old girl” for sex.

Radu Ispas began chatting to what he thought was a child called Kayleigh on the Skout app but was in fact a decoy profile set up by a group called Child Online Safety Team.

A court heard he was told her age from the outset but within a couple of hours was asking if she was a virgin.

Vince Ward, prosecuting, told Newcastle Crown Court: “He then expressed a wish to engage in full sexual activity with her when she reached 18 and said he would prefer it if she was still a virgin then.

“He then asked if she wanted to have sex the following week.”

After the chat moved to WhatsApp, Mr Ward said: “He began flattering her, asking if she wanted to meet him.

“The following day he made clear, as far as he was concerned, that meeting would be in order to have sex.

“He sent her an explicit message asking if she had ever engaged in oral sex.”

When Ispas was arrested, he provided a prepared statement saying he never intended to meet Kayleigh and did not believe she was a real person.

The 26-year-old, of Broomlaw, Beacon Lough, Gateshead, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to attempting to communicate sexually with a child and was sentenced to six months suspended for 18 months with a six month curfew, sex offender registration and a sexual harm prevention order.

Judge Stephen Earl said: “It sounds awful but I’ve seen far worse grooming cases or attempted cases. This is not at the top end of the scale which would invoke a custodial sentence.”