February 2021

Elswick pervert posed as teenage boy and said he wanted to meet ‘child’ at hotel

Paedophile hunters snared a pervert who posed as a teenage boy and said he would travel 150 miles to meet a child in a hotel.

Abdul Choudhury, 34, said he was a 17-year-old boy when he befriended a 14-year-old’s profile on Facebook in the summer of 2019.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Choudhury, asked the child, who said she lived in Nottinghamshire, to be his girlfriend and assured her she would not get in trouble with her mother “if she didn’t find out”.

Andrew Finlay, prosecuting, said Choudhury asked the girl if she would have sex with him and said it would “feel nice”.

Mr Finlay told the court: “He said he would travel to Nottinghamshire and book a hotel they would stay in.”

The court heard vigilante group STOP were behind the fake 14-year-old’s profile and set up a date for Choudhury to meet an adult female at Kingston Park Shopping Centre, in Newcastle, where the police arrested him.

When officers raided his home they found a total of 413 child abuse images, which included pictures and movies, on three of his computer devices.

Choudhury, of West View Road, Elswick, Newcastle, admitted attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity and making indecent photographs of children.

The court heard the images included 239 category A, which is the most serious, 109 category B and 65 category C.

Recorder Craig Hassall sentenced him to a total of three years behind bars.

Choudhury must sign the sex offenders register and abide by a sexual harm prevention order for life.

The judge told him: “You came to the attention of the police through the activities of a vigilante group called STOP, who set up fake profiles of children on social media platforms.

“On this occasion, the profile was set up in the name of someone who stated in conversations she was a 14-year-old girl.”

The judge added: “There was grooming behaviour and you lied to her about your own age.”