Paedophile claimed he wanted to be victim’s ‘guardian angel’ and teach her about sex

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A PAEDOPHILE who preyed on a teenage churchgoer just days after he was released from prison for targeting schoolgirls online has claimed his offending was a “benefit” to his young victims.

Lee Donaldson befriended a 15-year-old over social networking site Netlog in February and posted her cash to buy a phone so they could keep in contact.

The 40-year-old then bombarded the youngster with illicit messages and calls, trying to convince her to carry out sex acts and begging for naked pictures of her.

He had been back on the streets for just 23 days after he was released from a five-and-a-half years for a series of sexual offences.

When Donaldson, who had convinced the girl he was a teenager, was collared, he claimed he had wanted to be the victim’s “guardian angel”.

He said his conduct was a way to socialise without fear of rejection and said his offending had a “positive impact” as he was teaching her about sex.

Judge Roger Thorn QC yesterday jailed Donaldson for three years with an extended four year licence period.

The judge said the probation service report prepared on Donaldson was “disturbing”.

The judge told him: “You have tried to justify your current actions as a way to socialise without fear of rejection.

“That simply is not the full story of what was going on here.

“A paragraph on the probation report says you state you have had a positive impact on the victim.

“It further suggests you hold the belief your sexual offending does not harm your victims but would be a benefit and you were teaching them how to enjoy sex.”

The court heard Donaldson has been assessed as posing a “high risk” of re-offending.

He has to sign the sex offenders register and abide by the terms of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for life.

Julie Clemitson, defending, said Donaldson hopes to come out of his prison a “better person” after co-operating with all treatment offered to him.

Donaldson was jailed for five-and-a-half years in 2009 after he pretended to be a 14-year-old boy so he could target teenage girls across the UK.

He had acted as a “shoulder to cry on” to girls aged between 13 and 15 who he met in chat rooms.

Donaldson then lured his victims into engaging in explicit exchanges and encouraged them to perform sex acts online.

Some of his victims were persuaded to email him explicit photographs of themselves, after he sent them pictures of himself as a teenager to make his story seem more convincing.

Donaldson, of Fatfield Park, Washington, was released on January 23 this year, with strict licence conditions and was banned from contacting youngsters over the internet.

But by February 15 he was back to his predatory ways.

During a hearing last month he pleaded guilty to causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and two breaches of a sexual offences prevention order by contacting a person under 16 and by accessing the internet.

When police raided Donaldson’s home in October 2007, they found a stash of more than 4,500 indecent images and videos of children, some of which were in the most serious categories.

Investigators also found evidence that he had been sharing his sickening images with like-minded paedophiles.

It was during the investigation his conduct with the six young girls, who lived in the North East, Yorkshire, and Gwent, Wales, was exposed and led to his five-and-a-half year jail term.