February 2018

Judge says all options open on Darlington sex offender as he awaits sentence

A NEWLY convicted sex offender has been warned by a judge that he could face jail.

Nigel Lodge was told by Judge Tony Briggs that all sentencing options were open after he admitted charges of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and causing a child to watch a sexual act.

The offences he pleaded guilty to occurred in 2016.

A report on Lodge was requested and his case adjourned for sentence at Teesside Crown Court to return on March 9.

Lodge, 55, of Station Road, Darlington, had been of previous good character, the court heard.

He will now be required to alert police to his whereabouts as a registered sex offender.

Judge Briggs bailed Lodge ahead of his sentence, but said he should not read anything into that as all sentencing options were open to him.