A CHILDREN'S welfare charity has hit out at a sex offender who carried out a "predatory campaign" against young girls.

The NSPCC has condemned the actions of 20-year-old Archie Stulpa-McCullum, who admitted five sexual offences involving children at Ipswich Crown Court on Thursday.

Stulpa-McCullum, of Abrey Close, Great Bentley, will be sentenced in December after admitting inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity without penetration, two counts of attempting to meet a girl under the age of 16 following grooming and making an indecent photograph of a child.

He also admitted a charge of engaging in non-penetrative sexual activity with a girl under 13, when he himself was legally a child.

Following the hear an NSPCC spokesman said: "Stulpa-McCullum carried out a predatory campaign of grooming and abuse of young girls for his own sick gratification.

“Sexual abuse can have a devastating impact on young lives and it’s vital that victims of abuse and exploitation know they will be supported when they speak out.

“It’s far too easy for offenders to groom children online which is why the NSPCC’s Wild West Web campaign is calling on the Government to force tech companies to do more to protect children on the internet.”

Stulpa-McCullum was first arrested in June 2017 after an investigation by Suffolk Police's NST Cybercrime Team.

His crimes were committed against four different victims aged from ten to 15, and took place between August 2015 and June 2017.

He has been ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register and was released on bail pending a sentencing hearing at Ipswich Crown Court on Monday, December 10.

Young people can call Childline 24 hours a day, free of charge on 0800 1111 or visit www.childline.org.uk for advice and support.

To find out more about the NSPCC's Wild West Web campaign, visit www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/campaigns/wild-west-web.