March 2021

Stockton paedo exposed after sending lewd photos and messages to ’12-year-old girl’

A paedophile was snared while engaging in sexual conversation with who he believed was a 12-year-old girl.

Michael Pinkney thought he was chatting online to the young girl – but it was in fact a police officer.

Teesside Crown Court heard how the cop joined an children’s chat room in April last year.

Pinkney exchanged sexualised conversations and sent them images, believing them to be a girl aged 12.

The court in Middlesbrough heard how police tracked Pinkney down and his online device was examined.

Pinkney was found to be in possession of indecent photographs of children.

There was also evidence to show that he had been distributing images by Kik messenger.

Pinkney, of Doncaster Crescent, Stockton, pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual communication with a child, distributing indecent images of children and attempting to cause a child to look at sexual activity.

He also admitted three charges of making indecent images of children, relating to category A, B and C.

Images in category A are the most serious.

Judge Paul Watson QC told Pinkney that the most serious offence he had admitted was distributing indecent images.

He said that the real children in the images are caused extreme distress and suffer long term consequences.

The judge said “You have never been to prison and I’m satisfied that a prison sentence for you will be hard and harsh to bare.

“There isn’t any actual contact here between you and a real child although I’m not quite sure whether of not that matters

Judge Watson sentenced Pinkney to 16 months behind bars.

He also ordered him to abide by a sexual harm prevention order.