A SEX offender used the internet to groom underage girls and tried to meet one in a Malvern park so he could assault her.

Christopher Postans appeared at Worcester Crown Court via videolink from HMP Hewell where he admitted sexual communication with children, all young girls.

The 42-year-old, of Longridge Road, Malvern, admitted three counts of sexual communication with three different underage victims.

Postans tried to meet one of the girls in Victoria Park, Malvern, with the aim of sexually assaulting her, the court heard.

The first offence happened between April 1 and May 24 in Malvern when Postans attempted to communicate with a girl under 16 via Instagram.

Postans admitted two similar offences of sexual communication against two further victims and an ‘attempt to meet a child following sexual grooming’ on more than one occasion.

This involved an attempt to meet a girl aged 14 (one of the three victims already referred to) in Victoria Park, Malvern which would have involved the commission of a relevant sexual offence, namely a sexual assault.

Belinda Ariss, defending, said her client was remanded in custody and her application was to adjourn the case for a pre-sentence report.

Judge Robert Juckes QC confirmed he had seen the defendant’s previous convictions which were not read out in court.

Miss Ariss asked for a four week adjournment for a full pre-sentence report to be prepared by the probation service.

The next hearing is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 23.

Judge Juckes advised Postans to co-operate with the probation service in the preparation of the report and he warned the defendant that the adjournment did not indicate that the sentence that would follow would be non-custodial.

However, he told Postans he would be given credit for his guilty plea at an early stage.

“In the meantime I remand you in custody” said judge Juckes.

Postans was also told that because he now stood convicted of sexual offences he would have to sign the Sex Offender Register.

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