Terrence Edward Laybutt was arrested at Park Beach in Coffs Harbour earlier this year. Photos: NSW Police Force.
Terrence Edward Laybutt was arrested at Park Beach in Coffs Harbour earlier this year. Photos: NSW Police Force.

Former teacher to be sentenced for child sex offence

A SENTENCING date has been set for a former teacher who has pleaded guilty to a child sex exploitation charge. 

Terrence Edward Laybutt from Grafton, aged in his 60s, appeared before Judge Jonathan Priestley at Coffs Harbour District Court yesterday.

Laybutt was arrested by detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad at Coffs Harbour's Park Beach parking lot in February this year, after undercover detectives began masquerading online as a 14-year-old girl in January.

Police had alleged that Laybutt, believing he was speaking to the child, engaged in conversations about sexually-explicit acts he wished to perform on her and made arrangements to meet up.

Following his arrest in Coffs Harbour Laybutt was charged with using a carriage service to procure a person under the age of 16 years for sexual activity.

During his bail application in February, the court heard Laybutt's offence was "serious and calculating in nature," but that he had no similar prior offences.

It was also heard that at the time of his arrest, he had been employed in a position where he was to be trusted with children.

He confirmed his guilty plea at Grafton Local Court in October, before his case was transferred to Coffs Harbour District Court at the request of his lawyer.

Laybutt will be sentenced at Coffs Harbour District Court on January 19.