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Sex threat teacher escaped ban
Luke Sadowski
Police captured the moment Sadowski was caught in the "sting"
A trainee teacher serving a three-year jail sentence after trying to procure a nine-year-old girl for sex over the internet has not been banned from working with children, it has emerged.

Luke Sadowski, 19, who was living in student housing in Canterbury, Kent, admitted attempting to incite another to procure a child under 16 and possessing an imitation gun.

Under current legislation, he could only receive a maximum of two years for trying to procure a child and does not have to go on the sex offenders' register.

It has now emerged that the prosecutor for the case forgot to seek an order to stop him working with children after his release.

Sadowski was sentenced to 18 months for each offence, with the sentences to run consecutively, on Monday 11 August.

Real threat

Sadowski, from Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, was arrested in an undercover operation following a tip-off from police in the United States, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Sadowski appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London last Wednesday.

Prosecutor Lisa Wilding said: "The Crown neglected to make an application for a restraining order and the making of such an order is likely to be contested."

Sadowski is due to appear again before trial Judge Gerald Gordon on 5 September for the application to be made.

At his sentencing, Sadowski was described as a "real and significant threat to children".

Police sting

He was trapped by an undercover police operation after a tip-off from the United States.

Contents of Sadowski's safe
These implements were found in Sadowski's home
The website he used was set up by US law enforcement agents to trap paedophiles.

When Sadowski, who has already served 10 months in custody, continued asking to be introduced to a young girl, they alerted Scotland Yard's paedophile unit.

Using the name Ben Smith on the internet, Sadowski was told to get in touch with the site's UK agents, who were in reality members of Scotland Yard's paedophile unit.

He was arrested after meeting undercover officers at London's Victoria station.

In addition to the gun, he also had on him a teddy bear and a condom.

When his student accommodation was searched, police discovered a safe containing leg shackles, handcuffs, an extending police baton, a kitchen knife and a roll of tape.

They also found several newspaper articles about paedophiles, child abductions and murders.

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