A PERVERT who sent disgusting sexual messages to a ‘teenage’ girl a month after a suspended prison sentence ended has been jailed.

Alan White contacted the ‘14-year-old’ on a social media chatroom and the conversation soon changed to his deviant sexual fantasies as he sent her increasingly explicit messages.

What the 58-year-old didn’t realise was that he was actually talking to a decoy from an online paedophile hunting group pretending to be Sophie from London.

The convicted sex offender was spared custody in 2018 after committing similar offences but this time Judge Howard Crowson locked him up for two years and four months.

Teesside Crown Court heard how the pervert encouraged the teenager to perform sex acts on herself and send him naked images of herself.

White also sent his target two audio files describing what sexual acts he would like to perform with the teenager.

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Judge Crowson told the defendant his claim that he was not sexually attracted to children was 'wholly implausible' and said he posed a 'significant risk of harm to children'.

"In a letter to me you write of shame, I find that I am unable to accept that as genuine as you appear to have no true shame," he said.

"You appear to be a man who clearly has a sexual attraction to children and I agree with the assessment of the probation officer that you represent a serious risk of harm to children, specifically adolescent females.”

White, of Reeth Road, Richmond, pleaded guilty to attempt to sexually communicate with a child and attempt to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

Paul Newcombe, prosecuting, said White had started making contact with the decoy in December last year and the conversation became increasingly sexualised over the following four weeks before the police were called.

He said the defendant encouraged the 'teenager' to start messaging him via the encrypted WhatsApp service where the level of his depraved conversation increased.

Kelleigh Lodge, mitigating, said her client had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.

She added: “What’s clear from the letter is that he is genuinely sorry for his behaviour.

“He also knows what he needs to do to make sure this sort of offence doesn’t occur in the future.”