Per­vert jailed for ap­proach to school­boy

The Chronicle - - News - By ROB KENNEDY Court Re­porter rob.kennedy@ncj­me­

BUS sta­tion per­vert Patrick Liv­ing­stone propo­si­tioned a school­boy while on bail for try­ing to meet an un­der­age lad he had be­friended on Face­book.

The 49-year-old was lurk­ing around the con­course on a Sun­day morn­ing and ap­proached the 15-year-old as he waited for friends, de­spite hav­ing the other case hang­ing over him.

Af­ter he had asked the teenager to en­gage in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity, a po­lice of­fi­cer no­ticed the boy look­ing ex­tremely un­com­fort­able and in­ter­vened. A court heard Liv­ing­stone had al­ready tried to meet a 14-year-old boy he be­friended on­line af­ter send­ing him a se­ries of mes­sages.

Now he has been jailed for 20 months and was banned from the bus sta­tion un­less he has a valid ticket to prove he plans to travel on the day in ques­tion.

Judge Stephen Earl told him: “You are pro­hib­ited from en­ter­ing the con­course of Sun­der­land bus sta­tion other than for the spe­cific pur­pose of bus travel and when you are in law­ful pos­ses­sion of a ticket or pass, valid for the day in ques­tion and your in­tended jour­ney.”

Liv­ing­stone pleaded guilty to at­tempt­ing to in­cite a child to en­gage in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity in re­la­tion to his ap­proach at the bus sta­tion.

The court heard the other vic­tim re­ported his on­line be­hav­iour and Liv­ing­stone ini­tially claimed it had been a “joke” but he later pleaded guilty to at­tempt­ing to meet a child fol­low­ing sex­ual groom­ing. As well as the prison sen­tence, Liv­ing­stone, of Cor­po­ra­tion Road, Sun­der­land, must sign the sex of­fend­ers regis­ter for 10 years and was given a life­long sex­ual harm pre­ven­tion order. Mark Styles, de­fend­ing, said Liv­ing­stone is a “lonely and iso­lated” man who has men­tal health dif­fi­cul­ties and has strug­gled af­ter the death of his mother. Mr Styles added: “He un­der­stands he has to keep away from any sort of con­tact with boys.

“It is do­ing no good at all hand­ing around in pub­lic places. Lurk­ing about in Sun­der­land bus sta­tion on a Sun­day morn­ing is not some­thing which has been care­fully thought through. He has acted on im­pulse on both oc­ca­sions.”

Mr Styles said Liv­ing­stone has been “bul­lied” by other pris­on­ers while in cus­tody on re­mand.

Patrick Liv­ing­stone, jailed for sex of­fences in­volv­ing un­der­age boys

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