A convicted sex offender has been jailed after attempting to lure a teenage girl over the internet for sex.

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David Pearce, of Bacton Road, Mile Cross, pretended to be a 17-year-old boy on an internet chat forum and exchanged messages with a 13-year-old girl.

Using an alias, he offered to visit her in London and have sex.

The 49-year-old admitted the sex charges, which put him in breach of a sex offenders’ prevention order (SOPO) which was made last year.

Pearce was punished with the order after being convicted of making and possessing indecent images of children. He also lied to police who were supposed to be monitoring him, by telling them they could not check his computer or mobile phone as they were broken.

But when officers checked with PC World, where Pearce said his computer was being fixed, it emerged he had only brought his computer to the store after the police visit.

At Norwich Crown Court yesterday, recorder Katherine Moore described his breaches of the order as “calculated and sustained”.

“You told numerous lies to conceal your true sexual intent,” she said.

Pearce first contacted the girl in January this year, but went on to commit further breaches.

A report by the probation service described him as “highly deceptive”.

He told probation workers he had a “compulsion to act” as he had a “sexual addiction” to young girls.

Ian James, mitigating, said his client was honest with police after being arrested and he had admitted his problem.

Pearce admitted the breaches and was sentenced to 14 months in prison.

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