August 2023

Haltwhistle physiotherapist caught sending sexual messages to ‘girl’ in undercover sting

A perverted physiotherapist was snared in an undercover sting sending sexually explicit messages to what he thought was a schoolgirl.

Andrew Thomson started chatting to the “13-year-old” on social media but was actually talking to a police officer posing as a child called “Millie”.

A court heard that the 30-year-old, who was working as a physiotherapist with the NHS at the time, messaged the youngster over a six-week period.

During that time, Thomson tried to get her to engage in penetrative sexual activity, prosecutors said.

Now, Thomson, of Millfield Terrace, in Haltwhistle, Northumberland, faces being put on the Sex Offenders’ Register after he pleaded guilty to attempting to incite a girl aged 13 to15 to engage in sexual activity.

The case was adjourned until August 23 for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and Thomson was released on unconditional bail to appear back at the same court for that hearing.

Michael Lawson, prosecuting at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court, said Thomson began messaging “Millie” on a social media chat room on September 20 last year and continued to contact her until October 30.

Mr Lawson continued: “It’s an undercover operation where the defendant has contacted a girl called Millie, who is an undercover operative in the police.

“He entered into a number of sexual conversations with her and was given her age but continued to contact her on a sexual basis. The defendant has no previous convictions.”

The court heard that Thomson, who eventually ended the conversations, had since lost his job as an NHS physiotherapist and was now working in a factory.