A mother posed as an underage girl online as a honey trap to lure a this pedophile who had been preying on youngsters over the Internet, a court heard.
The woman – whose name has not been revealed – invented the online persona of a 13-year-old girl called ‘sweet as candy’ to tempt Lee Crabtree of South Shields, Tyne and Wear, into incriminating himself.
The 27-year-old pale pedophile had been using the Internet in an effort to groom young girls into underage sex, so she turned the tables by posing as a teenager to draw him into live web chats.
She then passed all the information she had gathered to authorities who were able to use it to track down the pervert and arrest him.
Yesterday the “white” predator pleaded guilty to four charges of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity at Newcastle Crown Court.
Wheelchair-bound savage also admitted two counts of attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming and will be sentenced on March 10.
He had faced two charges relating to his online chats with ‘sweet as candy’, but prosecutors chose to drop those after he admitted the other offenses.
Prosecutor Amanda Rippon said: “The two counts are the mother, who was pretending to be her daughter. It is how he was discovered effectively.
‘The prosecution say he did communicate with “sweet as candy” but it was the mother and that is how he was found.’
Judge Paul Sloan QC warned the pedophile that a prison sentence was ‘almost inevitable’ and he was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register before being allowed to leave court on bail.
‘The fact I am adjourning sentence and directing the preparation of a report is not an indication of sentence,’ the judge said.
The crimes relate to a total of four underage victims, the court was told.