May 2018

Jaywick paedophile lied about his aged and told ‘thirteen-year-old girl’ how to perform sex acts

A paedophile who messaged a 13-year-old girl and described how to perform sex acts has been jailed only three months after being convicted for hoarding indecent images of children.

Stephen Lutkins, 49, of Saddlebrook Close, Jaywick, was previously handed a suspended prison sentence in January this year for making indecent images of children but despite being handed a lenient sentence Lutkins went on to breach his sentence and Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) by contacting who he believed was a child online.

He also failed to notify police about his change of address after moving to Jaywick shortly after his last court appearance.

On April 7, 2018, Lutkins contacted a decoy social media account created by a ‘paedophile hunter’ group COBRA

In a string of messages which lasted for a week between the decoy – a 30-year-old adult posing as a 13-year-old – and the defendant, he told her how to masturbate and asked her to do it.

Lutkins also lied about his age and told the girl he was 30.

Samantha Lowther, prosecuting, told the court that on one occasion he even asked her if one of her friends could do it with her.

He later asked to phone the ‘girl’ and even talked about the possibility of bumping into her at a pub in the area.

He was arrested after the conversation was brought to the attention of police on April 15 and admitted in interview to knowingly talking to a 13-year-old, reportedly saying: “I put my hands up to that straight away.”

Lutkins was sentenced to a total of 18 months behind bars for attempting to incite a child in sexual activity, breaching his SHPO, failing to comply with his notifications and breaching his previous six-month suspended sentence for making indecent images of children.

  • He was convicted of:

  • Attempting to incite a child into sexual activity: 12 months

  • Breach of SHPO: 12 months concurrent

  • Failing to comply with notifications: Three months concurrent

  • Three counts of making indecent images: Six months each concurrent to each other but consecutive to other charges.

Total: 18 months