An online video game moderator met children on a gaming platform

A MAN, who was previously registered as a sex offender, has admitted to having sex with a child he met through online video games.

Between July 7, 2021 and August 6, 2021, Terry Hughes, of Meadow Way, Waterston, was a moderator of an online racing game.

He would talk to users and oversee their gaming experience.

In this role, Hughes spoke to a number of children, allegedly about the game.

Hughes, 38, was placed on the sex offender registry in March 2020 after contacting a child. This period on the register ended in March of this year.

Because of this charge, the defendant was under continuous management in the community, that is, when the police officers attended his speech.

On one occasion, when officers visited Hughes, they asked to look at his phone. Hughes went upstairs to retrieve it, but it took him a while. When officers asked what was going on, Hughes said he was deleting discussions about the device.

The officer stopped him and when they finally got their hands on the device, they found conversations about it, including with an eight-year-old boy.

The nature of the conversation was to ask the boy if his parents were with him.

Hughes claimed he and the boy were just friends.

Attending Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court on May 17, Hughes pleaded guilty to a charge of having sex with a child.

The offense took place between July 6, 2021 and August 6, 2021 in Waterston.

The case was adjourned to June 6 for a period of probation in order to make an all-options report.

Hughes was released on bail, provided he had no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18.

Hughes was also placed on the Sex Offenses Registry.

Within three days of the hearing, Hughes was asked to report to the police station and give his full name, date of birth, national insurance number, bank details, passport and any other supporting documents. identity, his address and to inform the police if he lives. at an address where children under the age of 18 are present.

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