April 2018: Now living in Watford
Pervert jailed after being caught online by team posing as 13-year-old girl
A pervert has been jailed after being caught out by an online protection team who were posing as a 13-year-old girl.
John Briddick arranged to meet what he thought was a young teenage girl at Clacton train station.
Instead he was confronted by a woman leading a group called the Internet Interceptors and the police.
Briddick, 58, of Church Road, Clacton, admitted attempting to cause a child to engage in sexual activity and was jailed for a year at Chelmsford Crown Court yesterday.
Jamie Sawyer, prosecuting, told the court Briddick and the fake teenager were messaging each other over nine days in January last year.
Mr Sawyer said: “She was in a chat room pretending to be a 13-year-old girl and began a conversation with Briddick.”
The defendant quickly turned the conversation towards sex and she told him she was 13.
By the end of a week of Briddick was actively seeking to meet her and stated in graphic terms she wanted to have sex with her.
The conversations stopped but on November 14 he contacted her again and the fake teen arranged to meet him at Clacton train station.
Mr Sawyer said: “Police officers attended. Briddick was standing in a telephone kiosk.”
His arrest was filmed by the group and Briddick admitted he was there to meet a 13-year-old for sex.
Briddick, recognisable by a lightning bolt tattoo on his face, had his name and arrest posted online before yesterday’s hearing.
Judge Patricia Lynch QC said: “Your intention was to engage in sexual messages with a 13-year-old child and to meet with the intention of sexual activity.
“You thought you were going to involve yourself sexually with a child, Those who do that in this country do so at their peril.”
Briddick was placed on the sex offenders’ register for ten years.