A PAEDOPHILE has been jailed for four years after continuing in his quest to incite underage children to engage in sexual activity with him.

Richard James Moore, 45, was originally reported to police by a group of paedophile hunters in 2018 while he was living on the Island.

He thought he was talking to a 12-year-old girl in ‘graphic’ terms about having sex with her, but in fact he was talking to a fictitious girl, made up online by the group.

He was jailed for 16 months and made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order after admitting meeting a girl aged under 16 for sexual grooming.

A video of his arrest had been uploaded on to social media and, following an earlier hearing, his father’s address had been targeted, leading to Moore’s bail being withdrawn and his father feeling the address was unsafe.

In 2019, he was in court again, appearing at the IW Crown Court in June 2019 when he was given a two year jail term, but suspended.

However, he committed a string of further offences just months later, in October 2019.

He appeared at Bournemouth Crown Court last Thursday, January 23, where he admitted three counts of engaging in sexual communications with a child, two counts of attempting to incite a child under 16 in sexual activity and one count of attempting to incite a child under 13 in sexual activity.

He also admitted breaching his suspended sentence, and three counts of attempting to breach his Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

The suspended sentence of two years was activated, and an additional two years was imposed for the new offences.

Moore's Sexual Harm Prevention Order was changed from ten years to 'until further notice'.

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