Pervert invented fake escort agency and posed as woman to con vulnerable mum into bed.
Garry Coatsworth’s scam was revealed, along with more than 900 child abuse images on his computers, a court heard
Garry Coatsworth, 48, dreamed up fake agencies named “Cyber Girls” and “Angelic Angels” to con women into bed, a court heard
A pervert with a gambling addiction invented a fake escort agency and conned a vulnerable woman into bed.
Garry Coatsworth, 48, scammed a mum struggling with money and trying to provide for her children while going through a divorce by convincing her she’d earn £900 in a night.
The court was told how devastated the mum was by what happened, Gazette Live reports.
Coatsworth dreamed up fake agencies named “Cyber Girls” and “Angelic Angels” with bogus social media accounts to con women into bed, a court heard.
The gambling addict’s elaborate deception was revealed – along with more than 900 child abuse images on his computers – after he scammed a struggling mum.
He befriended her online using a false identity, posing as a woman running a modelling and escort agency, Teeside Crown Court was told today.
He asked whether the mum was interested in work, saying the agency had “ridiculous business”.
The victim in her early 30s, who was short of money, going through a divorce and trying to provide for her children, grappled with the decision and consulted with her family.
She decided to go ahead, reassured over her safety by Coatsworth’s phantom female alter ego that the escort agency’s clients were checked.
Prosecutor Harry Hadfield said: “She was told that £900 was to be paid to her.
“She was convinced this was a legitimate and safe escort agency.
“She thought she was contacting the agency but it was him all along.”
A non-existent client – in fact Coatsworth himself – came to her home, had unprotected sex with her and took photos of her during sexual activity in June 2015.
He had asked for sexual services in his car but she refused.
She was never paid, and when she sent a message to the fake businesswoman, she was blocked.
She went to police, saying the experience made her feel degraded, angry, tearful and depressed, knocked her confidence, led to panic attacks and self-harm and left her an “emotional wreck”.
“If I fell for it at my age and stupidity, young girls could have and I wouldn’t want anything like that,” she said in a statement.
Coatsworth was arrested with 933 child abuse images – 46 at the worst level – on three laptops and two memory cards at his home.
The pictures showed girls aged five to 14 being sexually abused by adults.
He told police he initially set up “Cyber Girls” to form a legitimate company but simply used it to contact women for sexual services.
He said he did so using the bogus agencies and profiles four or five times with women in Middlesbrough and County Durham.
Coatsworth pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent photos of children and inciting someone to become a prostitute
Coatsworth, of County Durham, admitted inciting a woman to become a prostitute in Teesside and making indecent images of children – his first conviction.
Pamela Brain, defending, said it was an unusual case and at the time, Coatsworth’s wife was very unwell and he had gambling issues.
She said he sought out prostitutes then committed the crime when his financial situation worsened because of his gambling problem.
He had to explain his behaviour to his “horrified and shocked” wife, who later took over the finances as he sought help for the gambling.
His family were now his “main concern” as he could no longer work to provide and pay the mortgage if he were jailed, added Ms Brain.
Judge Sean Morris told Coatsworth: “What you did was to set up a bogus escort agency on the internet.
“You persuaded a single mother who was in difficult financial straits to become an escort. It was all a ruse.
“She was devastated by what had happened. It was a wicked, wicked offence.”
Coatsworth was jailed for two years and eight months. He was given a seven-year sexual harm prevention order and will be on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.