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Stubbers employee pleads guilty to sexual communication with a child

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A man from South Ockendon has pleaded guilty after a sting operation by a group of paedophile hunters in Upminster.

Christopher Luck, of Annalee Gardens, was arrested at Stubbers Adventure Centre, in Ockendon Road, on Saturday.

The 42-year-old was charged yesterday and remanded to appear at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court today, where he admitted sexual communication with a child and possession of a Class B drug.

Luck has been released on conditional bail and is due to be sentenced at the same court on Tuesday, 16 April.

A group called “The Soloceptors” live-streamed themselves approaching Luck on Saturday afternoon.

Their 19-minute video has been viewed nearly 50,000 times since it was first posted on Facebook.

They say the 42-year-old contacted what he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

But it turned out to be a decoy account – one set up by an adult pretending to be a child with the intention of catching paedophiles.

Members of The Soloceptors turned up at Stubbers and police were then called and arrested Luck.

Stubbers released a statement yesterday confirming Luck is a staff member at the centre and that he has been suspended pending an investigation, in line with their HR procedures.

The statement added: “We prioritise the safeguarding and welfare of young people above anything else. We follow ‘safer recruitment guidelines’ and ensure that all staff members have current Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks and receive regular safeguarding training, which was the case with his employee. 

“We immediately notified our Designated Safeguarding Lead but we do not have any information to suggest that any young people connected with our centre have been involved in any way.”

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