A sex offender from Plymouth is facing jail after he was trapped three times by a group of online paedophile hunters.
Scott Coombes was also found to have been exchanging sexual messages with a real girl when police seized his computers and mobile phones.
The 28-year-old is banned from any contact with children because he is a registered sex offender who has posed as a teenage girl while exchanging indecent images in the past.
He was trapped by a sting operation mounted by the Devon-based group UK Database in which their volunteers posed as under aged girls in online chat rooms.
They created decoy profiles in the names of Kate, Emma, and Sarah-Jane and recorded the chat logs as Coombes exchanged sexualised messages or sent them images.
Coombes, formerly of Clifton Place and Savage Road, Plymouth, was living in Torbay when he made contact with the decoys between July 28 and August 1 last year.
He pleaded guilty to a total of six charges when he appeared before Judge Peter Johnson at Exeter Crown Court by video link from the city’s prison.
Coombes admitted one count of actual communication and three of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child, one of attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act, and one of breaching a Sexual Offending Prevention Order.
The order was made at Plymouth Crown Court on October 8, 2013 and prohibited any contact with children which was not approved by parents or social services, who were aware of his previous offending.
Coombes received a 15 month suspended sentence at the 2013 hearing, where he was also ordered to attend a sex offenders’ treatment course.
Judge Johnson adjourned his sentence at Exeter Crown Court and asked the probation service to prepare a report on whether Coombes should receive an extended sentence as a dangerous offender.