Holt, of Moorsley Road, Houghton, pleaded guilty to attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity, attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming and possessing indecent photographs of children. Alec Burns, defending, said the chats were “ridiculous fantasising”and Holt, who has a low IQ, has been deemed to have a limited understanding of what he was actually doing.

Mr Burns said Holt and his family have become a target in the community as a result of his offending and is at risk of losing his local authority home.

Judge Edward Bindloss jailed Holt for 13 months and said he must sign the sex offenders register and abide by a sexual harm prevention order for ten years. Judge Bindloss ordered that the child sex doll and the indecent photographs of children should be destroyed.

Source: Sunderland Echo