September 2018

Chelmsford paedophile Peter Richardson spared jail

 

A man from Chelmsford who attempted to meet a child for sex and was arrested outside a city centre hotel has been spared jail.

Peter Richardson, 48, was snared by an online paedophile hunter after a series of messages were exchanged on gay dating app Grindr between July 6 and July 7 last year.

Richardson, whose profile name was ‘Happy sucker’, contacted who he thought was a 15-year-old boy, even arranging a meeting at his home.

But little did he know the person at the other end, using the account named ‘Bored teen’, was not an underage teenager at all.

In fact, it was an investigative journalist from paedophile hunter group CSE Interceptors, using a decoy account to catch Richardson in the act.

Following a day-long trial at Basildon Crown Court on July 24, he was found guilty of the grooming offence and bailed to appear before the same court on Monday (September 3).

“Mr Richardson said: ‘Want your **** sucked right now?’,” Mr Sawyer began.

“So he jumped right into a sexual conversation, he was in fact 15 years old. Mr Richardson asked if he was OK and he responded that he was not okay and asked when he would be 16.”

Mr Sawyer explained how Richardson continued to message the account and even asked the boy to send him a photo.

He added: “It was obvious what he was asking for, he wanted a picture of his penis.”

During cross-examination, Mr Sawyer asked: “You said there was no profile picture, was it the profile name ‘Bored teen’ that attracted you to this person?”

The defendant replied: “Probably that and the location.”

When asked if the description “set off any warning bells”, Richardson stated it did not as “teenager can mean 19”.

The prosecutor continued: “I’m suggesting you had no qualms about meeting a 15-year-old for oral sex.”

“Not at all sir,” Richardson said.

Once a meeting had been arranged, police received a tip-off from the investigator and officers attended Richardson’s home in Bishop Road where they arrested him.

During his police interview, Richardson claimed the messages he sent to ‘Bored teen’ were actually meant for someone called Chris and that he accidentally sent messages to the investigator’s account.

Richardson was sentenced to 20 months in prison, suspended for 24 months, for arranging to meet a child following grooming.

July 2018

Pervert guilty of attempting to meet ’15-year-old boy’ for sex

A man from Chelmsford has been found guilty of attempting to meet a child for sex despite claiming he sent the messages accidentally.

Peter Richardson, 48, was snared by an online paedophile hunter after a series of messages were exchanged on gay dating app Grindr between July 6 and July 7 last year.

Richardson, whose profile name was ‘Happy sucker’, contacted what he thought was a 15-year-old boy and arranged a meeting at his home.

Little did he know the person using the account named ‘Bored teen’ was not an underage teenager at all.

After receiving a tip-off, police attended Richardson’s home in Bishop Road and arrested him.

Following a day-long trial at Basildon Crown Court, the jury of eight men and four women found the sex offender guilty of the grooming offence this morning (Tuesday, July 24).

During the trial, prosecutor Jamie Sawyer revealed the series of sordid messages Richardson sent to what he believed was an underage boy’s dating profile.

“Mr Richardson said: ‘Want your **** sucked right now?’,” Mr Sawyer began.

“So he jumped right into a sexual conversation, he was in fact 15 years old. Mr Richardson asked if he was okay and he responded that he was not okay and asked when he would be 16.”

Mr Sawyer explained how Richardson continued to message the account and even asked the boy to send him a photo.

He added: “It was obvious what he was asking for, he wanted a picture of his penis.”

The court also heard that the defendant was talking to another profile on the same day of his arrest, which was supposedly being used by a 15-year-old.

“On the same day, he was communicating with another user of Grindr who was aged 15, or reported to be 15,” Mr Sawyer added.

“In that conversation, he asked for a picture of his penis. There was no actual meeting in this case.”

During his police interview, Richardson claimed the messages he sent to ‘Bored teen’ were actually meant for someone called Chris and that he accidentally sent messages to the investigator’s account.