August 2021

Paedophile chef wanted to ‘shower romantically’ with 13-year-old

Stuart Pearson said he wanted to 'shower romantically' with a 13-year-old girl

A paedophile said he wanted to ‘shower romantically’ with a 13-year-old girl.

Stuart Pearson asked for a selfie from the girl, but didn’t realise he was actually speaking with paedophile hunters.

The 37-year-old asked what he thought was a child what colour her underwear was and asked about body hair.

Pearson, formerly of Liverpool city centre, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court after admitting attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.

The chef messaged ‘Ava’ on Facebook messenger over 10 days, between October 23, 2019 and November 3, 2019, the court heard.

Robert Wyn Jones, prosecuting, said a member of the group Stop created a decoy profile under the name Ava which was contacted by the defendant under the name ‘Stuart 35’.

He suggested they move their conversation to Whatsapp and asked “could I get a selfie” and asked her what she was wearing.

Pearson, commented “may be we could have a cuddle and chat” and said they should “keep it to ourselves”.

In one message he asked her what colour underwear she was wearing and said he could “help her romantically” and would “kiss her entire body”.

Mr Wyn Jones said Pearson also talked about her bra and suggested them “showering romantically together”.

He also talked about “making love” with what he thought was a 13-year-old.

The paedophile hunter group confronted Pearson in Liverpool on November 3 2019 and was arrested at about 8pm.

Kevin Batch, defending, said Pearson was a “man of good character” and had “acknowledged his wrongdoing”.

The judge, Recorder Ian Unsworth, QC, said it was clear Pearson was “persistent” in his “lewd suggestions”.

Pearson, now of Wykeham Street, Manchester, was handed an eight month sentence suspended for 18 months and ordered to complete the Horizon program.

He was also told to complete 10 Rehabilitation Activity Requirements and must carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

He must sign the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years and adhere to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for the same period.