Jailed: Shropshire paedophile caught in Kenya after sex attack on girl, 13
Police travelled to Kenya to arrest a paedophile fleeing justice for child sexual offences.
Geoffrey John Fitton, 61, formerly of Wytheford Road, Shawbury, was jailed for five years last week after being convicted of four counts of sexually assaulting a child under 13.
It is the second time Fitton has been convicted of sex offences, after he was jailed for 14 months in 2016 at Blackfriars Crown Court.
On that occasion he had been caught in a sting by the paedophile hunting group Public Justice PHL.
He travelled to London to meet a 14-year-old he had contacted over the internet, who was actually one of the group’s members.
After his latest conviction Fitton has been put on the sex offenders register for life, following a four-day trial at Shrewsbury Crown Court,
The trial came after police received a report on July 30, 2016, that Fitton had sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl he had met on the internet.
He was interviewed and summonsed to attend Telford Magistrates’ Court on October 23, 2017.
But he failed to attend and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
It emerged that Fitton had fled to Kenya from Heathrow airport days before the hearing on October 17 – breaching the notification requirements of his previous sex offender registration order by doing so.
In January this year West Mercia Police were contacted by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and told Fitton had been arrested by Kenyan authorities.
Following coordination between the NCA, the Crown Prosecution Service, Kenyan authorities, and specialist lawyers, three officers from West Mercia Police travelled to Kenya for five days in February, where they detained Fitton and bought him back to the UK to face justice.
He was remanded in prison and entered a not guilty plea at Shrewsbury Crown Court on March 19.
After a four-day trial Fitton was found guilty and sentenced for the offences.
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Geoffrey Fitton was jailed for 14 months for sexual grooming.
The middle-aged man travelled from Shrewsbury to London to meet PHL’s fake 14-year old but was met by the group from Public Justice.
When he was arrested and searched, the police found banana flavoured lube, condoms, and Viagra to help him facilitate sex with the child
He also paid for a hotel room in London where he was going to take the young girl, the pre-paid key to the hotel was found on him.
He was also placed on the sex offender’s register by a judge at Blackfriars crown court.