Jarrow pervert avoids jail after sending obscene messages to 12-year-old girl, who was in fact an undercover police officer

A Jarrow man has avoided prison after he sent sexualized messages to what he believed to be a 12 year old girl.

Ryan Pearson thought he was talking to a girl named Caitlyn when he sent sexual pictures and videos of himself, but he was in fact talking to a police officer running a decoy profile online.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that, following a general chat, during which he was told how young she was, he asked if she would like to see a pictures of his private parts.

He then sent two photos.

He told her he was aroused by the conversation and asked if she would like to engage in sexual activity and asked for a picture of her.

He then sent two further videos of himself carrying out a sex act.

Pearson went on to suggest the girl “seduced her teacher” and asked for pictures of her and said he wanted to have sex with her. He also suggested she showed the picture of his penis to her little sister or friend.

The 29-year-old, of Western Road, Jarrow, pleaded guilty to attempted sexual communication with a child and attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and was sentenced to ten months suspended for two years with 150 hours unpaid work and rehabilitation. He must also sign the sex offenders register and be subject to a sexual harm prevention order for ten years.

Judge Edward Legard told him: “Both offences relate to online communication by you with someone who you believed was a 12-year-old girl. In fact this communication was with an online decoy profile controlled by police.

“You asked where she was and she said she was at school and gave her age. She also gave you the opportunity to stop that conversation, saying it was cool if you didn’t want to chat. Your response was ‘I’m the one who added you, I’ve seen your age, I don’t mind’.

“After gaining her trust you soon moved the conversation on the sexualised territory and began sending pictures and videos of a sexual nature and encouraged her to send a picture of herself.”

Kate Barnes, defending, said: “He is thoroughly ashamed of what he has done. He suffered adversity in his own childhood.” She added that he was stressed, socially isolated and was abusing alcohol.