Grimsby man remanded on sex charges
A convicted paedophile from Grimsby has been remanded into custody after appearing in court on charges of attempting to incite a 14-year-old girl into sexual activity, after he was caught out in a paedophile hunting sting
Patrick Wallis, 24, of Cromwell Road, Grimsby, appeared before Grimsby and Cleethorpes Magistrates Court yesterday morning (Monday, December 3).
He was charged with two counts of attempting to incite a 14-year-old girl to watch him perform a sex act and send explicit images and two counts of breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
He’s next due to appear before the court in the new year.
Wallis had recently escaped a prison sentence for similar offences. Yet just days later. he went back online to target and groom young girls. However, he was caught out in a sting operation that involved members of three paedophile hunting teams: Predator Exposure, TGA (The Guardian Angels) & UK database
Judge praises groups who trapped Grimsby paedophile who thought he was meeting teenage girl for sex
A judge has commended groups of paedophile hunters who tracked down a vile Grimsby man who attempted to lure a 13-year-old to Grimsby for sex.
Patrick Wallis, 24, of Cromwell Road admitted attempting to incite a 13-year-old for sex and also an offence of attempting to arrange to meet her.
In fact, the 13-year-old was fake and the communication Wallis made with her over Facebook was with an adult for Guardian Angels.
Another group also witnessed Wallis making sexually-explicit comment online to someone who he thought was 13 years old.
Grimsby Crown Court heard the first offence ended when eight members of the Guardian Angels met with Wallis at Grimsby railway station where he thought he was meeting a 13-year-old girl. police were called to the station.
While he was on bail for that offence in March he went online again in May attempting to meet up with a 13-year-old for sex.
Sentencing Wallis to six months in prison suspended for two years, Recorder Nicholas Lumley QC said: “There is no place in our society for people that try to have sex with children.”
He told Wallis: “The Guardians commendably try to snare sex offenders. Some of those caught by them are unsophisticated and highly vulnerable. You are in that category.”
The judge said the online respondent had repeatedly said she was a 13-year-old girl but the messages and images Wallis posted were sexually explicit.
The Recorder imposed a seven-year Sexual harm Prevention Order prohibiting Wallis from having any contact with under 16-year-olds and limiting his access to the internet.
He said the defendant should also attend rehabilitation courses by the probation service on 90 days.
Prosecuting, Andrew Bailey said The Guardian Angels set up the decoy 13-year-old who was rudely propositioned online by Wallis.
“He asked if she wanted to be taught sex,” said Mr Bailey.
She told Wallis she was 13 years of age and lived in London. He suggested she travelled by train to Grimsby railway station where he planned to meet her. When he was on the platform eight members of the Guardians surrounded him and alerted police.
In interview he told police he was a virgin.
They also seized a computer and phone.
Mr Bailey said on May 30, Guardians of The North passed information to police of communication between Wallis and a fake 13-year-old.
The prosecutor said: “The defendant told her he had been tricked before but went on to ask her what underwear she was wearing. she replied she was only 13 years but he went on to make phone calls.”