May 2018

Stockton pervert jailed for assaulting schoolgirl

A paedophile who was once jailed after being caught by online paedophile hunters is back behind bars after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a primary school aged girl

Darren Heywood was locked up for 16 months in April last year after being snared by Guardians of the North.

The 47-year-old travelled from his home in Stockton to meet who he thought was a 13-year-old girl he had been chatting to on the internet.

Instead, waiting for him in Seaham, County Durham, were members of the group, detained and handed over to police.

Following his release from prison, Heywood was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a schoolgirl.

When he was due to go in trial at Teesside Crown Court last month, he admitted sexually touching the youngster.

This morning, Heywood was jailed for four-and-a-half years by Judge Sean Morris, who told him his actions had been “disgraceful”.

Judge Morris said: “This has had a bad effect on this young girl. She cries at night and sees you in her mind. She has become somewhat reclusive.”

Heywood, formerly of Azalia Street, Stockton, pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual assault.

He was also put on the sex offenders’ register for life, and made the subject of an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order which prohibits his computer and Internet use, and bans him from contact with girls aged under 16.

Robin Denny, mitigating, said Heywood’s late guilty pleas meant his victim – of primary school age – did not have to give evidence.

April 2018

Pervert previously snared by paedophile hunters admits abusing primary school girl

A convicted sex offender previously snared by paedophile hunters has admitted sexually abusing a girl of primary school age.

Pervert Darren Heywood was due to stand trial at Teesside Crown Court on Wednesday, but changed his plea to guilty at the last minute.

The 47-year-old had been caught before by online paedophile hunters Guardians of the North, who set up a fake profile and began to message him in 2016.

He travelled from his Stockton home to meet the fictitious 13-year-old in Seaham – but was confronted by the group instead.

Heywood tried to clamber over railway tracks to escape, but was found and arrested.

He admitted attempting to meet a child following grooming, at Durham Crown Court in April last year, and was jailed for 16 months.

He travelled from his Stockton home to meet the fictitious 13-year-old in Seaham – but was confronted by the group instead.

‘He indicated to her that he would show her every sexual position possible and treat her like a woman, calling her his sexy baby, adding she had one sexy little body.’

Heywood tried to clamber over railway tracks to escape, but was found and arrested.

He admitted attempting to meet a child following grooming, at Durham Crown Court in April last year, and was jailed for 16 months.

But Heywood was back before a judge to face fresh accusations of abusing a real victim.

He was charged with three crimes – two of sexually touching a girl aged under 13-years-old over a 12 month period, which he admitted.

A third charge of serious sexual assault was left to lie on file.

Heywood’s address was listed as Holme House Road, Stockton, in court, while a hearing earlier this year heard he was staying in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.

A pre-sentence report will be prepared by the probation service before he returns to court for sentencing on May 11.

He was granted conditional bail until his sentence date.

April 2017

Paedophile, 46, who told teen girl she had ‘a sexy little body’ before arranging to have sex with her is jailed

A man who turned up to meet who he thought was a 13-year-old girl for sex has been jailed after he was greeted and filmed by online child protection team Guardians of the North

Darren Heywood, 46, contacted the Facebook profile of ‘Becka Johnson’, believing she was a young teenager.

But the account had been set up by Guardians of the North in an attempt to snare those seeking sexual activity with children.

Durham Crown Court heard how Heywood messaged ‘Becka’ to say she was his ‘special girl’ but told her to keep it secret.

David Lamb, prosecuting, told the court how Heywood told Becka that he would love to be the first person to make love to her.

Mr Lamb said: ‘He went on to ask if she’s ever had sex before and asked her if she would ever sleep with an older man if he has protection.

‘He suggested kissing may lead one thing into another and again suggested that if he had protection would Becka sleep with him.

‘He indicated to her that he would show her every sexual position possible and treat her like a woman, calling her his sexy baby, adding she had one sexy little body.’

Mr Lamb told the court how Heywood started talking to the profile on January 15 and organised to meet the ‘girl’ 16 days later on January 28.

Heywood bought a train ticket from his home in Stockton-on-Tees and travelled to Seaham, County Durham, where he was confronted by members of Guardians of the North and later arrested by police.

Mr Lamb said: ‘He admitted being responsible for talking to the Facebook account of Becka Johnson.

‘He agreed, following suggestions from the police, he called her ‘babe’, ‘gorgeous’ and ‘sexy’. His explanation for that at the time was he was just being polite.’

Mr Lamb told the court that Heywood said he travelled to meet the girl as he didn’t believe the account to be genuine, curiosity had got the better of him and he found it exciting.

He initially ran away from Guardians of the North before being detained by them. 

Heywood admitted attempting to meet a child under 16 following grooming.

Judge Christopher Prince said he did not accept Heywood was remorseful.

He said: ‘You engaged in a period of 16 days attempting to arrange a meeting and have sex with what you believed to be a 13-year-old.

‘How can you express remorse if you don’t admit there is sexual motivation behind this offending?’

Judge Prince sentenced Heywood to 16 months in prison.

He also ordered him to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years and and abide by a sexual harm prevention order.  

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