A paedophile tried to encourage a 12 year old girl to have sex with him, just weeks after being released from prison.
Sean Stifman, 31, previously of Norwich Avenue, Southend, has been jailed for four years and must serve six years on licence.
Basildon Crown Court was told he was speaking to an undercover police officer, posing as a child.
He had a mobile phone and was using social media, despite being ordered not to.
However, he had only been released from prison three weeks before after he used a fake identity to meet children for sex, but was instead met by paedophile hunters
During the hearing at Basildon Crown Court, Stifman admitted the charge of attempting to cause a child under 15 to have sex with him.
Prosecuting, Francesca Levett said: “He is 31 and in October 2019 he was convicted of similar sex offences and admitted seven offences and was sentenced to two years in prison and put on the sexual harm prevention order for ten years.
“He was released on October 14 and got a phone and opened up social media accounts and about three weeks after being released he committed these offences.
“It was a police officer posing as a 12-year-old girl and they began chatting via a dating application and then moved to Whatsapp.
“He was asking for intimate images of the girl and sending explicit images of himself to her.
“Stifman was arrested on November 6 and in his police interview he gave a full admissions.
“He stated his goal was to have sex with the girl and said he didn’t care he had breached the order by having a mobile phone and social media and not telling the police.”
Sentencing Stifman, Judge Andrew Hurst said: “It is lucky this was not a 12-year-old girl you were speaking to. I can only imagine the trauma it would have caused.”
The judge added: “You must understand children are not objects for sex and they are not equipped to deal with the adult sexual world.”
Southend paedo snared after he used alias to groom ‘teens’
A pervert who used a fake identity to meet children for sex was snared by a hunter group.
Sean Stifman posed as another man with the name “Robert Austin” on various social media profiles to speak to three people he thought were 13 and 14 year-old girls.
On each occasion the conversations became sexual in nature and, in one instance, he arranged to meet one of the people he thought was a 13 year-old girl.
In reality, the people he had been speaking to were all adults.
When he went to meet the girl at Southend Railway Station on October 13.
He was confronted at the station by the hunters and arrested.
Stifman, 29, of Norwich Avenue, Southend, was later charged with three counts of engaging in sexual communication with a child, three counts of attempting to cause or incite a girl aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity, and one count of attempting to a meet a girl under 16 following grooming.
He admitted the charges at Southend Magistrates’ court on October 15.
At Basildon Crown Court on Thursday he was sentenced to two years, half to be spent in prison and half to be spent on licence, and put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for ten years.