Serial paedophile, 24, who used a TEDDY as a sex toy is jailed for 18 months
A serial paedophile who used a teddy as a sex toy has been jailed for 18 months after being snared by online child protection groups.
Patrick Wallis, 24, admitted four offences of attempting to cause a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity and two of attempting to breach a sexual harm prevention order between November 28 and December 2.
Mr Wallis was trapped by two online child protection groups who pretended to be girls aged 13 and 14, Grimsby Crown Court heard.
He had the disturbing sexual conversations just days after being spared prison for similar behaviour.
The actions of a group were a ‘benefit’ police did not have the time to investigate such matters – and it prevented him meeting actual young girls, a court heard.
Wallis also admitted breaching a suspended prison sentence.
Julia Baggs, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that Wallis was given a six-month suspended prison sentence, with a seven-year sexual harm prevention order, on November 26.
It was imposed for attempting to meet a girl under 16 following sexual grooming and attempting to cause a child to engage in sexual activity.
During that hearing, it emerged that police had found sex toys at his former home, including a teddy bear with holes in it.
But he was arrested again six days later, on December 2.
He had online conversations with two non-existent girls, supposedly aged 13 and 14, but actually decoys set up by two vigilante groups.
The chats became increasingly sexual and he asked one girl: ‘Do you ever think about sex?’
He asked her: ‘Would you like me to take your virginity, babe?’ She replied: ‘I’m only 13.’
He asked the second girl: ‘What underwear are you wearing?’ as well as other sexual questions.
He was confronted by one of the groups at his flat in Immingham, North Lincolnshire who recorded the incident and posted footage of it online.
When he was arrested, he told police: ‘These hunter groups have ruined my life.’
Michele Stuart-Lofthouse, mitigating, said the messages were initiated by the paedophile hunter groups but this was no excuse.
‘He has accepted his wrongdoing,’ she said.
Wallis had suffered from difficulties over the years and had no family support.
Judge Simon Jack told Wallis that he was twice given a ‘shot across your bows’ including the suspended sentence.
‘Within literally days, you were doing exactly the same thing again,’ said Judge Jack.
‘You went on contacting young girls on the internet.’
Wallis intended to persuade young girls to have under-age sex with him.
Wallis was jailed for 18 months and was given a 10-year sexual harm prevention order. He must register as a sex offender for 10 years.
Following the November hearing, his Facebook account was looked into and it was discovered his friends list included school girls and women from at least 12 countries across five continents.
Only six of his Facebook friends live in Grimsby
Just five of Wallis’ online contacts were male. The rest are females, including three who identify themselves as just 13 and a number of others whose profiles suggest they are under the age of consent.
One girl’s biography reads: ‘I’m 13 and love gymnastics.’
Another 13-year-old posted about her gran’s homemade pie and mash, going to a fireworks display with her friends and celebrating a half day at school.
His ‘friends’ are based all over the country, including in Newcastle, Leeds, Cornwall, Shropshire, Nottingham, Liverpool, Derby and London.
The list also includes a plethora of girls based in every corner of the globe, including in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America and South America.
Their profiles state they live in Turkey, Germany, Bangladesh, Thailand, Brazil, the Philippines, Malaysia, Kenya, Australia, Ireland and seven US states.
They include photos ranging from innocent snaps of children to adults in a range of provocative positions offering sexual services or claiming to be bar dancers.
Many of the profiles appear to be fake. Some may be those used by the vigilante justice who eventually snared him.
But his catalogue of friends sends out a stark warning to parents about the very grave dangers of children using social media sites.
Wallis was in court on Monday where he admitted attempting to incite a 13-year-old for sex and also an offence of attempting to arrange to meet her.
Grimsby man remanded on sex charges
A convicted paedophile from Grimsby has been remanded into custody after appearing in court on charges of attempting to incite a 14-year-old girl into sexual activity, after he was caught out in a paedophile hunting sting
Patrick Wallis, 24, of Cromwell Road, Grimsby, appeared before Grimsby and Cleethorpes Magistrates Court yesterday morning (Monday, December 3).
He was charged with two counts of attempting to incite a 14-year-old girl to watch him perform a sex act and send explicit images and two counts of breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
He’s next due to appear before the court in the new year.
Wallis had recently escaped a prison sentence for similar offences. Yet just days later. he went back online to target and groom young girls.
However, he was caught out in a sting operation that involved members of three paedophile hunting teams: Predator Exposure, TGA (The Guardian Angels) & UK database
Judge praises groups who trapped Grimsby paedophile who thought he was meeting teenage girl for sex
A judge has commended groups of paedophile hunters who tracked down a vile Grimsby man who attempted to lure a 13-year-old to Grimsby for sex.
Patrick Wallis, 24, of Cromwell Road admitted attempting to incite a 13-year-old for sex and also an offence of attempting to arrange to meet her.
In fact, the 13-year-old was fake and the communication Wallis made with her over Facebook was with an adult for Guardian Angels.
Another group also witnessed Wallis making sexually-explicit comment online to someone who he thought was 13 years old.
Grimsby Crown Court heard the first offence ended when eight members of the Guardian Angels met with Wallis at Grimsby railway station where he thought he was meeting a 13-year-old girl. police were called to the station.
While he was on bail for that offence in March he went online again in May attempting to meet up with a 13-year-old for sex.
Sentencing Wallis to six months in prison suspended for two years, Recorder Nicholas Lumley QC said: “There is no place in our society for people that try to have sex with children.”
He told Wallis: “The Guardians commendably try to snare sex offenders. Some of those caught by them are unsophisticated and highly vulnerable. You are in that category.”
The judge said the online respondent had repeatedly said she was a 13-year-old girl but the messages and images Wallis posted were sexually explicit.
The Recorder imposed a seven-year Sexual harm Prevention Order prohibiting Wallis from having any contact with under 16-year-olds and limiting his access to the internet.
He said the defendant should also attend rehabilitation courses by the probation service on 90 days.
Prosecuting, Andrew Bailey said The Guardian Angels set up the decoy 13-year-old who was rudely propositioned online by Wallis.
“He asked if she wanted to be taught sex,” said Mr Bailey.
She told Wallis she was 13 years of age and lived in London. He suggested she travelled by train to Grimsby railway station where he planned to meet her. When he was on the platform eight members of the Guardians surrounded him and alerted police.
In interview he told police he was a virgin.
They also seized a computer and phone.
Mr Bailey said on May 30, Guardians of The North passed information to police of communication between Wallis and a fake 13-year-old.
The prosecutor said: “The defendant told her he had been tricked before but went on to ask her what underwear she was wearing. she replied she was only 13 years but he went on to make phone calls.”