A Thurrock man who worked at Stubbers Adventure Centre in Upminster, has admitted how he engaged in sexual communication with a child.
42 year old Christopher Luck from Ockendon was questioned whilst he worked at the centre last week.
Luck was later arrested and charged with sexual communication with a child and the possession of cannabis.
The 42 year old from Annalee Gardens in South Ockendon, pleaded guilty at Redbridge magistrates court on Monday April 8.
He is due to be sentenced later on Tuesday April 16 at Barkingside Magistrates Court.
Parents have been left shocked at what has happened as Stubbers is a popular activity centre for both children and adults that provides many outdoor activities for all.
Ian from Romford told The Enquirer: “Both of my two children have been to Stubbers regularly and really enjoy it there, I am really shocked and horrified at what has happened. It’s really awful.”
Staff at the centre have released a comment stating: “We were shocked to discover that a member of staff was arrested over the weekend.
“We will of course be liaise with the police to assist them as required but from what we understand, this arrest relates to alleged crimes committed outside of work.
“The member of staff was immediately suspended pending an investigation in line with our HR procedures and of course will not be allowed back on site.
“While there is an ongoing police investigation, it wouldn’t be appropriate for us to comment further on this.”
“We can however confirm that we prioritise the safeguarding and welfare of young people above anything else.
“We follow ‘safer recruitment guidelines’ and ensure that all staff members have current Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks and receive regular safeguarding training which, was the case with his employee. We immediately notified our designated safeguarding lead but we do not have any information to suggest that any young people connected with our centre have been involved in any way.”
Christopher Luck admitted engaging in sexual communication with a child after being caught by a ‘paedophile hunter’ group.
Regular visitor to the centre Ian continued: “ Stubbers is such a great place to bring your children to. I’m really glad it didn’t happen there. I’m utterly appalled by this and what has happened, I’m glad he has been caught and now arrested, that’s great news. Let’s hope this can be an end to it all as it’s such a great adventure place for everyone really.”