Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Paedophile Is Jailed; Pervert's Two Years

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Paedophile Is Jailed; Pervert's Two Years

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Byline: GARRY WILLEY

A PREDATOR molested a schoolboy and posed as a teacher to hunt victims in a web chat room.

Michael Hicks already had convictions for downloading and distributing child pornography. But he ignored the restraints of a Sexual Offences Preventions Order to log on to the website Flirtomatic, telling a young girl he was a school master who had used his job to abuse an 11-year-old.

Hicks was trapped after police recognised the photograph he had posted on the site.

He went on to finally confess to an earlier sex attack on a boy aged only nine, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Jailing Hicks for two years, Mr Justice Openshaw said: "He was in a chat room in circumstances which plainly suggest he was investigating the possibility of making further contact with young people. It sounds like grooming of the most devious kind."

Hicks, of Kirton Avenue, Newcastle, admitted sexual activity with a child, causing a child to engage in sexual activity and accessing a chat room in breach of his prevention order. …

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