Imposing a three-year community order with 40 rehabilitation activity sessions, Judge Cullum said: “Now aged 41, you have not been in trouble before.

“For a period of some months you had written communication with someone you thought was a 13-year-old girl in a sexual way, sending pictures of yourself

“There was no girl, it was a group trying to catch out men communicating with children.

“I am satisfied it started out seeking normal adult relationship

“When you were tricked into communicating with a 13-year-old, you should have stopped immediately

“But you did not. You made comments that you were interested in her sexually.

“That is serious. It is an offence, and one with a maximum sentence of two years’ imprisonment.

“You are diagnosed as having autism and schizophrenia. You receive medication for that.

SOURCE: Gloucestershire Live