August 2019

Pervert was snared by volunteers’ group as he tried to meet 13-year-old girl for sex

A pervert was snared by a volunteers’ group as he tried to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex.

Michael Hudson, 49, thought he was talking to an underage girl on social media and in texts.

In fact he was communicating with a woman in the volunteer group ‘One Reason’, which seeks to identify and report online sex offenders.

The volunteer posed as a 13-year-old girl, using a picture of herself as a child in her profile, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Hudson started sending her messages, and they told each other their ages and exchanged phone numbers in January last year.

“The defendant asked her if she was nervous and wanted to know her better,” said prosecutor Harry Hadfield.

“Communication by the defendant quickly became sexualised.”

He asked her whether she had ever kissed a boy, about her physical attributes and if she wanted to “text dirty”.

His messages became more explicit as he told her what he wanted to do and tried to get her to carry out a sexual act.

He asked her “if her mother goes out” and spoke of having sex with her.

When the girl said she did not understand this, he described it in detail.

He suggested they meet up and sent her his address in Middlesbrough, said Mr Hadfield.

This led One Reason, with a police officer, to his home as he was confronted and arrested on January 23 last year, 12 days after the first message.

Hudson, of Norton Road, Stockton, admitted attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming and attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, said Hudson tried to meet a 13-year-old for sexual activity.

“You are now in a state of denial about that,” he said to the defendant.

“In the pre-sentence report you indicated that you had no interest in having sex with her, had no interest in sexual activity with young girls.

“That is a state of denial. You clearly were going to meet her with that purpose in mind.

“You’re now 49, you’ve never had a job, you live on your own having had a short marriage. And you’ve got a problem, a problem that needs to be dealt with.”

He said the problem would not be confronted if Hudson were jailed for a short time.

He added: “It is important in my judgment that you have that problem dealt with.

“It’s important to the community that the risk of this offending is lessened.”

Cahill was given a 20-month jail term suspended for two years with 30 days’ rehabilitation activity and a treatment programme.

He was given a sexual harm prevention order governing his contact with under-16s and internet use, and will be on the sex offenders’ register, both for 10 years.