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' "When he was interviewed by police, Mr Dobson admitted using his computer at Keele University to access chat rooms and chat to what he believed was a 13-year-old female."He accepted he had used chat rooms to engage in chats with a sexual nature with girls he admitted were under 16.
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Prosecutor Sue Hayers said: "As a consequence of the forensic examination of the computer equipment a number of indecent images of children were located, and a considerable amount of social media interaction was also uncovered.
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The 59-year-old has now been handed a suspended prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to 17 sex offence charges.
North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard Dobson, who ran as a Green Party candidate in the 2005 General Election, was arrested in March 2015.
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