February 2019

Pervert walked free despite sending sexual messages to ’13-year-old girl’

This is the selfie a perverted teacher sent to someone he thought was a ’13-year-old girl.’

A pervert who sent disgusting images to someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl has walked free from court.

Lee Gallagher, from Halewood, responded after he received an online message from a teenage girl called Jessie.

But Jessie did not exist and had been created by Dark Justice, an online group set up to target paedophiles.

Gallagher, 44, sent disgusting messages to Jessie which led Dark Justice to tip off police .

Gallagher was arrested when he flew into Manchester Airport from Spain. When police searched his mobile phone they found indecent images of a child.

Barrister Kate Gaskell, prosecuting, told Liverpool crown court that Gallagher sent pictures of his penis to Jessie, and asked her to perform a sex act.

Gallagher also sent Jessie a video of him performing a sex act.

Gallagher was working in Spain at the time of the offences.

Dark Justice, the group that set up a fake online profile called Jessie, sent the information to the National Crime Agency.

He was arrested when he flew into Manchester Airport last May. Gallagher, of Maldon Close in Halewood, later pleaded guilty to attempting to cause a female under 13 to engage in sexual activity, attempting to engage in sexual activity with a child, encouraging a child to watch images of a sexual nature and possessing an indecent image of a child.

Judge Anil Murray told Gallagher that he responded with ‘gusto’ after receiving a message from Jessie. He said: “You should be ashamed of yourself.”

Judge Murray jailed Gallagher for ten months, whiich was suspended for two years.

Judge Murray told him that if the victim ‘had been real he would have served a long prison sentence.’

The judge mentioned the support Gallagher had received from his partner, and a letter of support from his GP.

Gallagher was ordered to complete 200 hours of community service and sign the sex offenders register. He must also comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and ordered to pay costs.