Last night at 20.40pm we were in Cramlington,Newcastle to confront re-offender and ex soldier luke Stoddart, 22 about his online activity with what he believed to be a 13 year old girl(decoy). Luke has only recently been released from prison 3 weeks ago after serving 2 and a half of his 4 and a half year sentence, he’s already on the sex offenders register for life and has a 10 year shpo(sexual harm prevention order),(Link to first offence with a real 15 and 16 year old below).
After having a conversation with his father, (who was amazing throughout) it was decided that myself and another member of the team would accompany Luke and his father in his car to the police station where Luke would hand himself in for this offence. when we arrived at the station he was handed to police and should be remanded until he is sent back to prison to see out the rest of his sentence.
This is the moment a pervert was snared by Geordie Chasers trying to meet a child for sex – just days after being released from prison.
Luke Stoddart made contact with a decoy profile online and the conversation soon turned to filth.
But he was oblivious to the fact the ‘girl’ he was messaging was actually a decoy set up by Geordie Chasers.
Now the 22-year-old, from Fern Avenue, Cramlington, is facing a prison sentence after pleading guilty to a string of child sex offences.
South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court heard Stoddart was released from jail on October 5 after being locked up in September 2016 for attacking a 16-year-old and grooming a 15-year-old.
But days later he was already trying to arrange to meet up with a 13-year-old for sex over Whatsapp.
During a brief court hearing, Stoddart pleaded guilty to two counts of contacting what he believed to be a child between October 8 and 24 with the intention of meeting her for sexual activity.
Prosecutor James Long said: “He groomed what he believed was a 13-year-old girl.
“He initially said he wanted to be friends but in further conversations over social media it quickly turned to sexual talk.”
Mr Long added there was evidence he had tried to delete the messages to cover his own tracks.
The offences were committed while Stoddart was on a strict order limiting his activity online.
His defence solicitor Graham Crouch agreed with the Crown Prosecution Service the matter should be dealt with at Newcastle Crown Court.
Stoddart was told by magistrates he would be immediately sent back to prison because he poses a risk of committing other offences.
He is due to appear for sentencing at Newcastle Crown Court on November 23.
Click here for Link to story of his original sentencing.