A pervert who groomed what he believed was a 13 year old girl online has avoided a prison sentence
Jonathon Hale of Sutton-in-Ashfield appeared at Nottingham Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to two charges:
Adult attempting to meet a girl under 16 following sexual grooming
Engaging in sexual communication with a child
The court was told that Hale had contacted the online profile of who he believed belonged to a 13 year old girl. He went on to send sexually explicit messages with the clear intent of engaging the child into sexual activity. After several weeks of online chat, Hale arranged to meet the child at Nottingham train station in February 2018. However, the child did not exist, and was instead an adult member of paedophile hunting team ‘Child Protectors England’ who pose online as children to catch sexual predators.
Hale turned up at the arranged meet but was met by members of paedophile hunting teams Child Protectors England and P.O.P who questioned Hale on his internet activity.
The police were called and the team handed their evidence over.
The judge handed Hale 100 hours community service
A 20 day rehabilitation course was ordered and Hale was placed on probation for three years
A five year sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) was also given and Hale was told that he must register as a sex offender
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