Wigan pervert who tried to arrange for a child sex crime to be committed is spared jail

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A Wigan man has been given a three-year community punishment after finally admitted that he tried to arrange for a child sex crime to be committed.

Paul Fields, 48, of Canberra Road, Marsh Green, had been due to stand trial at Bolton Crown Court after denying the single charge of attempting to facilitate an illegal act between February 5 and 19 2021, but then changed his plea to guilty.

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Included in his punishment are 45 days of rehabilitation activities and 35 days on a sex offenders' programme.

He is also the subject of a five-year sexual harm prevention order and must sign on the sex offenders' register for the same amount of time.