A Washington man has a avoided prison sentence after he was caught by paedophile hunters who he believed to be a 14 year old girl
Craig Davison, 35 of Eddleston, Rickleton, Washington, believed was talking to a schoolgirl from Gateshead called Paige on Facebook, but it was a fake profile set up by paedophile hunters.
On talking with the account, Craig asked her for lewd pictures and sent videos of himself carrying out a sex act.
Davison, who has no previous convictions, has been given a suspended prison sentence after he admitted attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child in December 2021.
Sentencing him, Recorder Tom Moran said: “You contacted a Facebook profile of someone you thought was a 14-year-old girl. It was not a real account, it was set up to trap people believed to have a sexual interest in children.
“You asked for intimate pictures and invited her to watch you (carrying out a sex act) and sent videos and pictures of you doing so and asked for images in return. You were arrested shortly after this.
He was then sentenced to eight months suspended for two years with a community order. He must also sign the sex offenders register for 10 years and will be subject to a sexual harm prevention order for five years.
The court heard his mum had died weeks before the offences, which “hit him very hard” and led him to turn to Alcohol. He claims he does not remember the offending.