South Shields man set to find out his court punishment after admitting child sex offences

A South Shields man admitted two sex offences against a teenage girl as he faced charges for the first time.

Peter Alan Smith, of Copley Avenue in Whiteleas, admitted inciting a girl to engage in sexual activity by taking indecent images of herself, in March last year.

The 58-year-old also admitted attempting to engage in sexual communications with a child, also in March 2019.

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He appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court, where District Judge Kathryn Meek told him the offences would be sent to Newcastle Crown Court to be sentenced on Wednesday, September 30.

The case was heard at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court.The case was heard at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court.
The case was heard at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court.
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In the meantime, he was told he would have to notify the police of his details, with a report to be prepared by the Probation Service to assist the crown court hearing.

District Judge Meek told the court the charges related to “some detailed and lengthy conversations between the person believed to be of that age and of a sexual and persistent nature.”

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