Serial South Shields pervert jailed again after admitting further child sex offences

Richard Oglesby
Richard Oglesby

A serial pervert recently released from prison after being snared by paedophile hunters has been jailed again after admitting further child sex offences.

Richard Oglesby, who was caged after being caught in a sting operation conducted by vigilante group Dark Justice, is now back behind bars after indecent images of children were found on his mobile phone.

The 27-year-old has a string of previous convictions, which include sexual activity with a child and also numerous breaches of Sexual Harm Prevention orders.

In relation to the Dark Justice conviction, in 2017, Oglesby believed he was chatting to a 13-year-old girl called Hayley on messaging site Scout - and asked her, "Do you want some company in bed?"

He admitted attempting to meet a child after grooming and was jailed for two years - by a judge who branded him a "risk to underage girls".

But since then, Oglesby, of Mackley Close, South Shields, has also admitted possessing a prohibited image of a child, and two counts of making indecent images of a child between - 23 of which were in the most serious category featuring children as young as three.

He also pleaded guilty to distributing indecent images of children to another paedophile in a sordid online chat-room.

All of these offences took place between July 2014 and November 2016.

Prosecutor Michael Bunch told Newcastle Crown Court, sitting at the Moot Hall: "He has been committed for sentence in relation to four offences.

"They arose out of a search of the defendant's address. He was arrested and a mobile phone was seized by police.

"That mobile phone was subjected to examinations which were taken in November last year - so a year after his arrest.

"The defendant was interviewed about this matter in January this year. He accepted that the phone was his.

"The age of the children concerned on estimation is of between three and 12 with the majority being aged under 10.

"The key words he used to search with were 'pre-teen.'

"There was a conversation between this defendant and another online user and the two would exchange indecent images of children."

The court heard how the defendant had six previous convictions in total.

He was also given a suspended sentence in 2013 after he failed to tell his girlfriend of his sexual offending history and was left alone with her young children.

Vic Laffey, defending, said: "I would ask Your Honour to acknowledge the guilty pleas and the age of this offence to keep any sentence as short as possible.

"He has complied with a sex offending programme with a positive outcome."

Sentencing him to two-and-a-half years behind bars, Recorder Paul Kirtley said: "You are still of relatively youthful years. I take into account your guilty plea. I bare in mind the previous offending."

Speaking after the case, a member of Dark Justice said: "I honestly think that these sorts of people do not change until they get what they want - and then when they get what they want they want it even more.

"There is nothing out there to 100% guarantee that this won't happen again. When we caught Richard Oglesby he talked about all the things he wanted to
do and seemed like he wanted to change and make his life better.

"But we knew that he would go on to offend again on his release. He was clearly just saying those things to make the situation as easy as possible.

"At the time he just kind of brushed it off. He didn't register the seriousness of what he had done.

"He was more bothered about himself going to prison. Two-and-a-half years is quite a good sentence to be fair, but it could have been longer.

"The longer these people are inside, the longer they are off the streets and people are safe."