April 2019

Man warned he could be jailed for trying to commit child sex offences

A man has been warned he could be sent to prison for trying to commit child sex offences.

Gary Shanley appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to two offences – attempting to cause or incite a 12-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity and attempting to cause a 12-year-old to watch a sexual act.

The offences took place between February and April last year.

No further details of the offences were given in court at this stage.

However, at a previous hearing, it was said the alleged victim wasn’t real and Shanley was arrested following a police operation.

Shanley, 45, of Hadrian Road, Jarrow, South Tyneside, was told to come back to court on June 17 for sentence, after pre-sentence and mental health reports have been prepared.

Judge Edward Bindloss granted him bail until that date.

But the judge warned Shanley: “The fact I am adjourning the case for reports and granting you bail is no indication of what the actual sentence will be.

“All options remain open, including an immediate custodial sentence.”