June 2017

Middlesbrough sex offender tried to meet underage girl after grooming her

A sex offender who admitted trying to meet an underage girl after grooming her is awaiting sentence today.

John Freer, 38, pleaded guilty to two sexual offences at Teesside Crown Court on Wednesday.

He admitted attempting to incite a girl under 16, who cannot be named for legal reasons, to engage in sexual activity.

He also admitted attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming – trying to meet the girl intending to commit a sex offence after communicating with her.

He committed both crimes in August last year and will now be registered as a sex offender.

Judge Stephen Ashurst adjourned the case until July 21 for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

He told Freer: “The fact that you’ve pleaded guilty to both offences at this first crown court hearing is something that will count in your favour when you are sentenced.

“This court will need to look very carefully at the risk assessment in your particular case.

“The fact that you’ve pleaded guilty to these two offences will give rise to registration procedures under the sex offender legislation.

“The precise length of time you’ll be subject to that order will depend on the sentence you receive on July 21.”

He said there were no promises about what the sentence would be, adding: “All options including custody will be considered.”

Freer, of Leamington Grove, Ormesby, Middlesbrough, was given bail on conditions not to contact the victim or have unsupervised contact with children.

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