Tony Last

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Tony Last, a male transvestite, was convicted at Ipswich Crown Court in March 2021 of attempting to engage in sexual communications with a child. After pre-sentence reports, Last received a nine month jail sentence suspended for two years in December 2021.

Last, 54, repeatedly talked about dressing as a woman and sent indecent images of himself wearing women’s underwear to what he believed was a 13-year-old schoolgirl called ‘Erin’. In fact, it was a decoy organised by a paedophile hunting group and Last attempted to groom ‘Erin’ into meeting him for sexual activities, also telling her that when she was 16 they could get married. He was described as ‘vulnerable’ in court.

Last also received a 35 day rehabilitation activity requirement and ordered to attend the Horizon rehabilitation programme for men who have committed a sexual offence and are considered to be at risk of re-offending. He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) for 10 years and ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for the same period.

Media reports from January 2021 reveal that Last repeatedly failed to appear before Suffolk Magistrates’ Court to face the charges of attempting to engage in sexual communications with a child, blaming the coronavirus pandemic; the hearing on 8 Jan was the fourth time the case had been listed. Last was then convicted in March 2021 and warned of the consequences of not attending the court for sentencing.

Media reports

East Anglian Daily Times https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/crime/tony-last-newmarket-sent-indecent-images-8570066 archive

East Anglian Daily Times https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/crime/tony-last-newmarket-sent-indecent-images-8570066

Suffolk News https://www.suffolknews.co.uk/ipswich/news/sentenced-in-december-these-are-some-of-the-people-who-face-9233163/

Suffolk News https://www.suffolknews.co.uk/newmarket/news/man-accused-of-trying-to-groom-girl-misses-court-date-again-because-of-coronavirus-9147782/