October 2017

Sex offender jailed after being snared by paedophile hunter

A company director caught trying to have sex with a teenager by a vigilante paedophile hunter is facing seven years behind bars.

Robert Babey thought he was messaging a 14 year old boy on dating app Grindr – but when he went to meet him Babey was confronted by paedophile hunters

A video of Babey, 68, was captured by the team when arrested by police, the 68 year old was found in possession of sex toys.

Prosecuting, Tom Wilkins told Southampton Crown Court that Babey used the handle ‘Dad4Lad’ whilst on the app and received messages from someone who told him they were 14.

Babey sent an indecent image of himself and arranged to meet him before his encounter with the team

The footage has been widely shared across the country.

The court heard that Babey had two previous convictions for having indecent assault on children under the age of 16, including in 2009 when he paid a 15 year old £50 to perform a sex act on him.

A pre-sentence report on Babey found that he viewed “sexual activity with a minor as ok”.

It also added that Babey was a serious threat to children.

In sentencing, Judge Gary Burrell QC said that due to previous convictions and breaching of a sexual harm prevention order, Babey would be given an extended sentence.

He added: “You may feel as thought you have been publicly humiliated. You deserve to be.

“This was an appalling thing to do.”

Babey, of Graham Road, Eastleigh, was sentenced to seven years imprisonment.

July 2014

Man, 65, jailed for sex abuse of child

A victim of sexual abuse took eight years to summon up the courage to tell his partner what had happened to him as a boy,Southampton Crown Court heard.

The youngster, who had been abused in a sauna and an office, told police he had been scared and didn’t know how to stop it, said prosecutor Rob Welling.

In an impact statement, the youngster said the historic events had affected relationships with people and he had suffered bullying at school which he attributed to the abuse.

He still suffered flashbacks and was undergoing counselling.

“The effects on me will never go away,” he said.

Robert Babey, 65, of no fixed abode, admitted one multiple incident count of indecent assault and was jailed for 30 months.

The court heard he had previous convictions for similar offences.

August 2009

Former company director abused schoolboy in woodland

A JUDGE branded a married man as a serious risk to children after jailing him for 33 months for sexually abusing a schoolboy in woodland.

Former company director Robert Babey, 60, contacted the 15-year-old after seeing his picture on a website and made it clear he wanted to have sex with him.

Initially, said prosecutor Simon Foster, the youth said no but later contacted Babey saying he was short of money. Babey picked him up from outside a Southampton school and drove him to woods at Rownhams where the boy performed an indecent act on him for £50.

The youth later contacted a youth worker, saying he had been “foolish” and the police were informed. When they searched Babey’s home, they found on two computers more than 300 indecent pictures of other boys.

Babey, 60, formerly of Stoke Park Road, Eastleigh but now living in Spain with his family, admitted inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and possessing indecent pictures.

Southampton Crown Court heard Babey had six previous convictions for sex offences on boys and passing sentence, Judge Jeremy Burford QC said: “Although a boy thinks he is consenting, he is unaware of the psychological harm committed by men of your age.”

In addition to the jail sentence, Babey was banned from working with children for life and placed on the sex offenders register indefinitely. Under the terms of a sexual offence prevention order, he cannot be left alone with children unrelated to him and cannot contact children on the Internet. He must also pay nearly £11,000 in prosecution and defence costs.

In mitigation, Andy Houston said the boy had been a willing participant and said of Babey: “His shame, the abhorrence of his wife, the shock to his family are already onerous punishments.”

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