A 51-year-old man who encouraged a young boy to buy a sex toy in a string of sordid texts has avoided jail.
Angelo Arteaga Ortiz spoke to a boy called ‘Ollie’ that he believed was 13 years old on the dating app Grindr and “incited Ollie to put his finger into his own bottom” during a sexual conversation.
However, he was in fact speaking to an undercover Metropolitan Police officer, who was working as part of a team targeting sexual violence against children.
Ortiz, of Canning Town, was arrested on January 7, 2020, and denied the charge, before pleading guilty on the first day of his trial earlier this year.
An Old Bailey court heard that Ortiz had spoken to ‘Ollie’ over a period of three days in November 2019.
Following his arrest, he claimed that his motive in speaking to the teenager was “to encourage him to explore his own sexual inactivity”.
Judge Anthony Leonard QC summarised: “You explained your own preferences and different acts he could perform on himself or could enjoy on occasion with a man. You recommended that he buy a dildo online and that he would enjoy it more with a dildo.
You suggested that he could find a male partner at his school and if he was 18, you would help him for his first time to enjoy it in full.”
During another conversation on November 6, he told ‘Ollie’ that he “needed someone as young as himself” and contact ceased between the two the following day.
A warrant for his arrest was issued on January 3 and he was arrested four days later and charged with attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.
Following a search of his home, none of his devices contained indecent images of children and the conversation between him and the undercover officer was not recovered, which the prosecution submitted “may simply be because the defendant didn’t wish his wife to discover he had been speaking to men online”.
Ortiz, who is listed as a technician at the Institute of Cancer Research on LinkedIn, denied the charge but later pleaded guilty and accepted he “did the wrong thing”.
He must now complete 100 hours of unpaid work as well as participate in a 25 day rehabilitation activity requirement over the next 12 months.
He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for the next five years.
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