Charges:

Jukes, who is married and has a family, bombarded the fake girl with explicit chat and was sentenced for attempted sexual communication with a child at Teesside Crown Court on Wednesday.

Harry Hadfield, prosecuting, said: “A member of the public set up an account on social media. It was set up with the view to identify men who wanted to meet under age girls.

“A fake profile of a young girl with brown hair called “Rach” was created.

Jukes, of Oakland Avenue, Hartlepool was given a 24 month community order and put on the sex offender register for five years.

He was also ordered to pay £635 costs.