August 2016

Paedophile jailed after Peppa Pig World sting

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A paedophile has been jailed after being caught in a sting operation at the Peppa Pig World theme park.

Andrew Sealey, 39, ran an online theme parks forum which he used to lure children to attractions, Southampton Crown Court heard.

He was arrested following a sting by a “vigilante paedophile hunter” who posed as a 15-year-old girl arranging to meet for sex in a toilet at the Hampshire park.

Sealey was jailed for 40 months.

He pleaded guilty to eight charges of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and one of attempting to meet a child after sexual grooming.

Sealey’s behaviour came to light after he talked to another forum member about performing sex acts.

Gary Rogers Brennan became concerned and set up fake profiles of three teenagers.

In messages to them, the defendant sent them pictures of his penis and said to one: “It’s OK you being a virgin and 15, I don’t mind.”

Mr Rogers Brennan got in touch with self-styled paedophile hunter, Shane Brannigan, who confronted Sealey at the entrance to the park in May.

Judge Peter Henry said he had concerns about such sting operations.

“On the one hand I can fully understand the obvious concerns of the public and people who may therefore have been abused,” he said.

“On the other hand, to rely upon this activity of self-styled paedo hunters as a base for criminal prosecutions is fraught with dangers.

“In particular, there is a thin line between someone being entrapped or evidence not being admissible for some reason and a legitimate inquiry.”

Rob Griffiths, defending, said the defendant was “highly over-sexed” but there was “never any risk” to children at the park.

In addition to the prison term, Sealey, of Manor Road, Milborne Port, Somerset was given a sexual harm prevention order and had his mobile phone and laptop destroyed.

July 2016

Paedophile theme park enthusiast faces jail after trying to meet children for sex at Paultons Park

A MARRIED theme park enthusiast faces jail after being snared in a paedophile hunter sting trying to meet children for sex at an amusement park.

Andrew Sealey, 39, admitted having a text message discussion engaging in sexual activity with three children he thought were aged 14 or 15.

However, when he arrived at Paultons Park theme park in Romsey, Hants, he discovered he had actually been speaking to adults posing as a boy called ‘James’ and two girls called ‘Jilly’ and Alice’.

Southampton Crown Court, Hants, heard he even gave instructions to the ‘children’ and was well aware they were under the age of consent.

Sealey, who appeared via video link from prison wearing a grey round neck sweater, admitted eight counts of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

He also admitted one count of attempting to meet a child, namely ‘James’, following sexual grooming at the theme park on May 28 this year.

Sealey, of Milborne Port, Somerset, was filmed arriving at the theme park with his wife and security had to intervene in the car park. He was later arrested by police.

Sealey, who appeared via video link from prison wearing a grey round neck sweater, admitted eight counts of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

He also admitted one count of attempting to meet a child, namely ‘James’, following sexual grooming at the theme park on May 28 this year.

Sealey, of Milborne Port, Somerset, was filmed arriving at the theme park with his wife and security had to intervene in the car park. He was later arrested by police.

The group behind the sting are known as Not Of Criminal Element – which is run by a man called Shane Brannigan.

Sealey denied a further count of attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming, namely ‘Jilly’.

Sealey was told he would be sentenced on August 4 and was remanded in custody.

Judge Peter Ralls QC, who adjourned the case for sentencing, told him: “Mr Sealey, you have heard all of that and your pleas have been accepted.

“The crown are not going to pursue count nine and that offence will lie on file.

“I’m asking to a pre sentence report to understand a bit more about the case, so I’m adjourning the sentencing until August 4, and I think it’s appropriate you should be produced at court that day.” He told him he could expect a custodial sentence.

Sealey runs an online blog on the website Theme Park Tourist.

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