A BLACKPOOL dad accused of trying to groom an underage girl over the internet has claimed he knew he was in contact with an adult – and merely went along with sex talk as part of a game.
Kevin Scott Staskewicz also told a jury he “went perverse”, with the intention of confronting who he believed was a man.
He denied claims he was trying to groom a 14-year-old girl for sex and that had arranged a meeting for such purposes.
He accepted he had sex talk online and exposed himself, but again, said this had all been part of a test, to check he was not communicating with a youngster.
The 42-year-old defendant of Enfield Road, North Shore, denies one charge of attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming and another of attempting to engage in sexual activity in the presence of a child.
Preston Crown Court heard how police went undercover to engage in internet conversations. In October last year a policeman went onto the UKchatterbox website and got involved in a conversation with Staskewicz.
The undercover officer then pretended to be a teenager living in Lancaster named Chloe.
An arrangement went on to be made to meet up at the Houndshill shopping centre. Staskewicz was arrested on October 22 after turning up there with his young daughter.
He told police: “This is entrapment.”
Staskewicz gave evidence to tell the court he was not working and would spend possibly four hours a day on the internet. He mainly went on Facebook and played computer games and also liked chat forums.
He said he used such forums because he didn’t have a lot of friends in the UK, was an American and North Shore, Blackpool “wasn’t the most desirable place in the world”.
He liked chatting to people he knew, to keep in touch.
He also said on occasion he has taken part in a “cyber sex” situation, where people talked about their fantasies and things in a sexual situation.
He added: “It isn’t real life anymore. You can be whoever you want to be.
“A lot of people don’t agree with it, but it’s not illegal.”
He said he had never arranged to meet up with people he had had sexual conversations with.
Staskewicz said a person had to be 18 years old to chat in those specific rooms.
According to the profile, he was chatting to an 18-year-old adult female. The defendant spoke of having been “burned a lot” in previous encounters with older women trying to be younger and men pretending to be women.
He added: “I went perverse in character. I decided to play a game, intending to confront this person.”
He said he thought by exposing himself, it would test whether it was a 14-year-old, because if the person was willing to continue, it probably was not a youngster.