September 2021

Paedophile hunters catch married pensioner sexting ‘girls’ he believed were 14 and 12

A married pensioner who engaged in social media sex chat with what he thought were two young girls was caught in a sting operation.

Stephen Corlett initially made contact with someone he believed to be a 14-year-old girl from Manchester called Jennifer.

David Outterside, prosecuting at Lincoln Crown Court, said that on the first day they chatted, the “girl” made it clear she was only 14 but Corlett continued to chat and switched the conversation on to WhatsApp.

Corlett went on to gain the girl’s trust during their online chats before introducing sexual talk.

He commented on her appearance and spoke of what he would like to do to her describing their chats as “sex lessons”.

He asked for a photograph of her in school uniform before sending her a picture of his penis.

Mr Outterside said Jennifer was actually a woman involved in an organisation called Simply Decoy which worked to trace predators seeking out children on the internet

Police were contacted and when officers arrested Corlett in November 2019 they took his mobile phone to be checked out.

Examination of the phone revealed he had also been contacting someone he thought was a 12 year old girl named Alicia.

Alicia, who was in reality another decoy involved with a different group called Keeping Kids Safe and Well.

Mr Outterside said Corlett again made contact before migrating over to WhatsApp.

In a similar way to how he chatted with Jennifer, Corlett began by gaining the trust of Alicia before starting sexual conversations.

Corlett, 70, of Wold View, Owmby, near Caistor, admitted two charges of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and a further charge of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

He was given a 20 month jail sentence suspended for two years with 40 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

He was also placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years and given a 10 year sexual harm prevention order.