Terence Moore, who has a past conviction for attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming, and Alan Hawkins, who has a past conviction for making indecent images of children, were both given Sexual Harm Prevention Orders as part of their sentences back in 2017 and 2013 respectively.
A court was told that the requirements included that both men must produce any device, which was capable of accessing the internet, when asked by police.
But, when officers visited their home on Saville Street West, in North Shields, this week, the pair failed to disclose a mobile phone, which was hidden under a sofa, and a lap top, which was concealed under a unit.
Both men were arrested and subsequently appeared separately at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
First in the dock was Moore, 55, who pleaded guilty to two counts of breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Lee Poppett, prosecuting, said Moore was caught in a Dark Justice sting attempting to meet what he thought was a 15-year-old boy on two occasions after grooming them on the internet in 2017.
He had actually been talking to decoy profiles, which were set-up by the online paedophile hunters, and was confronted by members of the group at the meeting points.
Alarmingly, on one occasion, Moore turned up with a baby’s bottle, a dummy, a nappy and condoms.
The pervert was jailed for 26 months and given the Sexual Harm Prevention Order indefinitely.
Mr Poppett told the court that a risk manager attended Moore’s home on June 23 and he produced a mobile phone and lap top upon request.
The prosecutor added: “While at the address, the defendant’s partner Alan Hawkins entered. It was discovered that there was a further mobile phone under the sofa, which both parties stated belonged to Mr Hawkins.
“Following enquiries, Mr Hawkins was also in breach of an order and was arrested himself. The defendant was asked if any other internet devices at the address and he said there was a lap top under a unit and pointed to it.”
The court was told that initial examinations of the two devices hadn’t uncovered anything sinister but they were yet to be forensically examined.
Gregg Stephens, defending, said Moore was “not very bright” and had always adhered to the order in the past.
He added: “The problem arises when he became aware that there was other items in the house, which had not been previously disclosed.
“It’s his partner’s lap top, which he accepts he accessed to show his partner how to get on it. The other phone is just was just lying around the house and had been used just for gaming and downloading music.”
District Judge Paul Currer deemed the case too serious for him to finalise and committed Moore to Newcastle Crown Court for sentence.
He was released on conditional bail to next appear there on July 22.
Next in the dock was Hawkins, who pleaded guilty to two counts of breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.
The court heard that Hawkins was given the order indefinitely in 2013, as well as a three-year jail sentence, for possessing and making indecent images of children. The 56-year-old also has a previous child sex offence from the 1990s.
Mr Poppett said: “As part of that order, the defendant was prohibited from being in possession of any device capable of accessing the internet unless it’s got a capacity to retain history and he makes such devices available for inspection by officers.
“You have heard the details of the offence from his co-accused, Mr Moore.”
Also releasing Hawkins on conditional bail to next appear at Newcastle Crown Court for sentence, District Judge Currer said: “You have pleaded guilty to two serious offences, serious because of your poor record of accessing indecent images of children.”
As previously reported on Chroniclelive, Moore was first caught by Dark Justice in January 2017.
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His home was searched and officers found a bedroom had been set up as a child’s nursery, with soft toys, a rocking horse and baby materials.
Another room contained fetish items and ladies clothes while in the kitchen there were baby dummies, formula milk and adult nappies.
Moore was bailed but within weeks he was back online and talking to another fake 15-year-old boy, ‘Gary’, which Dark Justice had also created.
They agreed to meet at the Town Moor, in Newcastle, and Moore said he would bring a dummy and women’s clothes.
He was again arrested and, when his rucksack was searched, items including pink bloomers, a dummy, foam breasts, a baby bottle, two condoms, lipstick, a wig, bra, knickers, an adult nappy and a maid’s outfit were found.
Newcastle Crown Court heard at the time that Moore “serious learning difficulties and he is of limited intellectual ability”.