Raymond Sunley appeared at Newcastle Crown Court last week where he was sentenced to three years imprisonment for facilitating and arranging a child sex offence.
The 69-year-old was arrested on January 21 after arranging to meet a person he believed to be a teenager for a sexual encounter.
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However, Sunley had in fact been communicating with officers from Northumbria Police, and he was arrested as part of an ongoing operation involving specialist detectives from the force’s Online Investigation Team (POLIT).
Sunley of Hillside, Winlaton, pleaded guilty and was jailed for three years. He was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) and must sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.
Speaking after the sentencing Detective Inspector Rachel Lewis from POLIT said: “Protecting children and young people from sexual predators is our number one priority and we will do this in any way we can.
“Sunley believed he was arranging to meet a 14-year-old girl and was completely unfazed by this.
“Despite claiming in his police interview he believed an adult would show up, I have no doubt that if an underage girl had been present, he would have been undeterred and gone ahead with his planned sexual activity.
“Sexual activity with children, including arranging and facilitating sexual activity are serious offences which come with grave consequences. They can destroy the lives of vulnerable victims and their families, as well as the families of those who are caught offending.
“We are determined to protect victims from dangerous predators like Sunley and will continue to carry out a range of activity both online and in person, to tackle online child abuse and sexual exploitation.
“We could always encourage anyone who has been a victim of this type of offending to come forward and talk to us, you will be listened to and we will act on your information.”
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