A pervert who was caught in an undercover sting by the ‘Guardians of the North’ online child protection team has been spared prison.
Steven Baldock, 47 of Mottingham, thought he was speaking to a schoolgirl when he sent sexually graphic messages asking if the child wanted to have sex with him.
After a long conversation online, he was confronted at his home by the team and openly admitted to being a paedophile and to grooming other children online.
Shockingly his house was situated between a nursery and primary school
The court heard that Baldock believed he was talking to female children aged 13-15.
His intent was to meet them for sexual purposes.
During the chats he sent graphic videos and pictures of himself. He also spoke on the phone to the female decoy, telling her that he wanted to marry and have children in the near future.
Baldock pleaded guilty at Woolwich Crown Court to two counts of grooming children online and sending explicit content.
He was handed a two year suspended sentence at the court and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for ten years.