A now THREE time convicted paedophile who was caught by the UK database has been jailed after he was handed an extended sentence
Scott Coombes, 28 was also found to have been exchanging sexual messages with a real girl when police seized his computers and mobile phones.
The pervert was banned from any contact with children because he was already a registered sex offender who had in the past posed as a 14-year-old girl while exchanging indecent images of children
He was trapped in a sting operation mounted by the Devon-based group UK Database in which their volunteers posed as under aged girls in online chat rooms.
Coombes, formerly of Clifton Place and Savage Road, Plymouth, was living in Torbay when he made contact with the decoys between July 28 and August 1 last year.
He pleaded guilty to a total of six charges when he appeared before Judge Peter Johnson at Exeter Crown Court by video link from the city’s prison.
– One count of actual sexual communication with a real child
– Three of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child
– One of attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act,
– One of breaching a Sexual Offending Prevention Order.
The court was told that Coombes had contacted the online profile of who he believed belonged to a 13 year old girl.
Coombes sent highly sexually explicit chat including a number of penis pictures.
Throughout the chat, Coombes made it clear he wanted to engage the child into sexual activity, which culminated in Coombes arranging to meet the girl at Paignton train station.
However, unbeknown to Coombes, paedophile hunting team ‘UK database’ were waiting for him to appear.
After a chase which lasted several minutes, the team apprehended Coombes and questioned him on his past offending and current online activity. The police were called and Coombes was arrested
Police seized his computers and mobile phones and during that search they discovered Coombes had been grooming a real schoolgirl for sex. The childs parents were informed and the girl was safeguarded from further harm
TODAY, the judge stated that defendant had met the criteria set – under section 226A of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, and handed Coombes an extended sentence of 5 years comprising of a custodial term of 28 months and an extension period of 2 years and 8 months.
A five year Sexual Harm Prevention Order was put in place and Coomes was told that he would spend the rest of his life on the Sex Offenders Register.
— The prevention order he breached was previously made at Plymouth Crown Court on October 8, 2013 and prohibited any contact with children which was not approved by parents or social services, who were aware of his previous offending.
On that occasion, Coombes received a 15 month suspended sentence at the 2013 hearing, where he was also ordered to attend a sex offenders’ treatment course.