June 2018

Serial South Shields pervert jailed again after admitting further child sex offences

A serial pervert recently released from prison after being snared by paedophile hunters has been jailed again after admitting further child sex offences.

Richard Oglesby, who was caged after being caught in a sting operation conducted by group Dark Justice, is now back behind bars after indecent images of children were found on his mobile phone.

The 27-year-old has a string of previous convictions, which include sexual activity with a child and also numerous breaches of Sexual Harm Prevention orders.

In relation to the Dark Justice conviction, in 2017, Oglesby believed he was chatting to a 13-year-old girl called Hayley on messaging site Scout – and asked her, “Do you want some company in bed?”

He admitted attempting to meet a child after grooming and was jailed for two years – by a judge who branded him a “risk to underage girls”.

But since then, Oglesby, of Mackley Close, South Shields, has also admitted possessing a prohibited image of a child, and two counts of making indecent images of a child between – 23 of which were in the most serious category featuring children as young as three.

He also pleaded guilty to distributing indecent images of children to another paedophile in a sordid online chat-room.

All of these offences took place between July 2014 and November 2016.

Prosecutor Michael Bunch told Newcastle Crown Court, sitting at the Moot Hall: “He has been committed for sentence in relation to four offences. “They arose out of a search of the defendant’s address.

He was arrested and a mobile phone was seized by police. “That mobile phone was subjected to examinations which were taken in November last year – so a year after his arrest. “The defendant was interviewed about this matter in January this year. He accepted that the phone was his.

“The age of the children concerned on estimation is of between three and 12 with the majority being aged under 10. “The key words he used to search with were ‘pre-teen.’

“There was a conversation between this defendant and another online user and the two would exchange indecent images of children.” The court heard how the defendant had six previous convictions in total.

He was also given a suspended sentence in 2013 after he failed to tell his girlfriend of his sexual offending history and was left alone with her young children.

Sentencing him to two-and-a-half years behind bars, Recorder Paul Kirtley said: “You are still of relatively youthful years. I take into account your guilty plea. I bare in mind the previous offending.”

May 2017

Pervert who was SPARED prison for sex with a girl, 13, is jailed for two years


A pervert who was spared jail when he groomed a 13-year-old girl is now behind bars after online child protection team ‘Dark Justice’ caught him trying to meet another child.

Richard Oglesby, 26, was told to sign the sex offenders’ register in 2011 after he had sexual activity with an underage girl he befriended on Facebook.

He underwent treatment to try and stop his offending but has now been jailed for two years after being trapped by a Dark Justice sting.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the group, who pose as children online to expose paedophiles, had set up a profile on a messaging site called Scout.

Oglesby made contact with the ‘girl’ – who Dark Justice named Hayley – late last year, then quickly said ‘bye’ when told it belonged to a 13-year-old.

But the court heard that within weeks, Oglesby got in touch with the ‘girl’ again and initially engaged in friendly chat, which quickly turned sexual.

Prosecutor Emma Dowling told the court: ‘He asked, “do you want some company in bed?”

‘Eleven minutes later, he sent another message asking “are you a virgin?”.’

The court heard the graphic chat developed into Oglesby sending the ‘girl’ a picture of his penis, with the caption ‘mmm, you like?’ and asking for naked pictures of the schoolgirl in exchange.

When Oglesby turned up to meet the ‘girl’, so he could ‘get a kiss’, he was confronted by Dark Justice and drove off.

The group, who have been responsible for dozens of convictions of paedophiles, tracked him to his home and handed a file of evidence about him to the police.

Oglesby, from Sunderland, admitted attempting to meet a child after grooming.

Judge Amanda Rippon sentenced him to two years behind bars with a lifelong Sexual Harm Prevention Order and ten years on the sex offenders’ register.

The judge told him: ‘You began conversations with what you understood to be a 13-year-old girl.

‘The conversations were relatively platonic for the first few weeks but that changed and you decided you would ask her whether or not she was a virgin and whether she wanted company in bed.

‘You knew it was wrong. The messages continued, you wanted to meet her, kiss her, cuddle her.

‘You knew it was wrong, you made it plain during the messages.’

The court heard it was in August 2011 Oglesby was given a community order or having sexual activity with a 13-year-old girl and he has breached court orders relating to that conviction since.

Judge Rippon told him: ‘I am quite satisfied you pose a risk to underage girls, girls under 16.’

February 2017

Sunderland paedophile snared by Dark Justice

A paedophile was snared by online pervert hunters Dark Justice after sending messages to a girl he thought was just 13.

Richard Oglesby has admitted attempted grooming after the organisation set up a fake account in the name of Haley.

The 26-year-old, from Birrell Street, Sunderland, has previous convictions for sexual contact with a girl of the same age and sexual grooming in 2011.

Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard the incident happened in the lead up to November 30 last year in Sunderland.

Laura Lax, prosecuting, said the first message was sent on October 22 last year, when it was made clear “Haley” was 13.

Later in the conversation, Oglesby sent the account an intimate photograph of himself and requested pictures in return.

She said: “A message was sent by a man called Richard and when he is told she is 13 years old, Mr Oglesby has then said ‘Bye’. “

Several days pass, and he returns to the conversation. “There are messages of personal context, a number have sexual content. The conversation moves to Whatsapp.

He asks if she would like to cuddle and kiss in bed and there’s a suggestion they could meet in a car. “He also sent a message asking if she was a virgin. “

He asks her for photos in further messages and sexual messages were sent to Haley. “On November 30, in a street, a meeting is arranged, but instead he was challenged by members of Dark Justice and the police are contacted.”

Oglesby was remanded in custody until his next appearance. He will next appear before Newcastle Crown Court on Monday, March 20. At a previous hearing,

Oglesby had faced an allegation of grooming, but at the latest sitting, the court heard that charge had been withdrawn and a new charge of attempted grooming was to be put in its place, with the defendant pleading guilty by video link from prison.

November 2013

Oblivious mum left convicted pervert boyfriend alone with her children

A MUM unknowingly left her paedophile boyfriend alone with her children after he kept his sordid past a secret.

The woman was unaware Richard Oglesby, 22, had been convicted of sex offences involving a school girl when they started a relationship, and she welcomed him into her Sunderland home.

Newcastle Crown Court heard it was only after she heard rumours about his background that the authorities became involved and confirmed her worst fears.

Oglesby admitted breaching a sexual offences prevention order by having unsupervised contact with children and failing to comply with the requirements of the sex offenders’ register by not telling the police where he was.

He did not face any accusations or charges in relation to his behaviour towards the children.

Prosecutor Michael Bunch told the court: “There were occasions on which this defendant would stay at her address overnight.

“She has three children under the age of 16 who reside with her at her address.

“In her statement, she said that the defendant had been left in the address with them without her supervision on a number of occasions, albeit, she states, that was never longer than for 20 minutes or so.

“She was not aware of his previous convictions.” Recorder Henry Prosser gave Oglesby, of Birrell Street, Sunderland, a four-month prison sentence suspended for two years, with supervision and programme requirements.

The judge said the offences were “very serious matters” but added that the contents of reports he had consulted meant Oglesby could go free.

The judge gave Oglesby a stern warning about what would happen if he offended again, however.

He said: “If it were to be a sexual offence you committed, you know perfectly well where you will be going, and will be going for a very long time.”

Oglesby was given the prevention order and told to sign the sex offenders’ register in 2011, as well as getting a community order, for having sexual liasons with a 13-year-old girl he befriended on Facebook.

He had admitted meeting a child following sexual grooming and sexual activity with a child in relation to that case.