March 2021

Leeds convicted paedophile jailed after contacting ‘girl’ online

A convicted paedophile has been sent back to prison after being caught trying to contact a ‘child’ online.

Craig Richardson tried to incite the ‘girl’ into sexual activity before vigilante paedophile hunters showed up at his home to confront him on June 25 last year.

He had actually been talking to a member of the group Predator Exposure for almost a week and was caught in their sting.

Richardson, of Hawkswood Avenue, Kirkstall, Leeds, was subject to a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) at the time.

The 35-year-old pleaded guilty to attempting to engage in sexual communications with a girl under the age of 16, attempting to cause or incite a girl aged between 13 and 15 to engage in sexual activity and breaching a SHPO.

He was jailed for a year-and-a-half on Friday at Leeds Crown Court.

He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years and made subject to a 10-year sexual harm prevention order.