December 2017

Paedophile who sent naked photo to ’14-year-old boy’ he met on dating app Grindr is spared jail after being snared

A pervert who sent a naked picture of himself to a 14-year-old boy which turned out to be a group of vigilante paedophile hunters was told he was ‘lucky’ to be spared jail.

Callum McBrearty, 23, used the gay dating app Grindr to prowl for sexual thrills when he met a ‘curious’ 14-year-old boy in June 2016.

Within an hour of finding him on the app, McBrearty, who had already been convicted of having indecent images of children in 2013, sent him a picture of his penis and suggested they meet up.

He was hauled back before a judge at Southwark Crown Court today for failing to attend a rehabilitation programme to help prevent him re-offending.

The 23-year-old was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for two years, and is now subject to a five-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order. 

Judge Joanna Korner, QC, told McBrearty’s lawyer: ‘I don’t know that your client knows just how lucky he was getting a suspended sentence for a crime like this.

‘A judge very rarely gives such a sentence for this type of offence.’ 

McBrearty, who was given a conditional discharge for his previous offences in 2013, arranged to meet the boy at McDonald’s on Eltham High Street in south east London.

But when he arrived on July 3 last year, self-proclaimed paedophile investigators from online group ‘The Hunted One’ surrounded him until the police came.

The group’s website claims they have caught out 43 people to date, but not all of these people have been convicted and some are awaiting legal action.

The court heard McBrearty has since lost his job as a barman and was planning to change his name to avoid the ‘humiliation’ of being publicly outed as a paedophile.

He told police: ‘As a 14-year-old I would have welcomed some guidance from an older gay person as to how he would conduct himself in the future.’

When she sentenced McBrearty in April, Judge Deborah Taylor said his offending escalated ‘from merely having images to moving to contacting young people, in fact children under the age of 16.’

But she spared him immediate custody after Chistopher Amis, defending, argued he would ‘simply emerge as an unreformed paedophile’ if he were to be put behind bars.

McBrearty, of Bromley, south east London, admitted one count of attempting to cause a child aged 14 to look at an image of a person engaging in sexual activity.

He was sentenced to eight months imprisonment, suspended for two years, and a five-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order was imposed, preventing him from making any contact with or possessing any images of any child under the age of 16, save for his immediate family.

One count of attempting to cause a boy aged 14 to engage in sexual activity involving oral sex and one of attempting to meet a boy aged 14 for the purposes of committing a sexual offence were left to lie on file.

He was fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £100 for breaching the original order ‘with a warning that if this happens again the suspended sentence will be implemented.’

April 2017

Man who sent penis pictures to boy, 14, he met on Grindr is spared jail

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A man has been spared jail after he sent a picture of his penis to what he believed to be a 14-year-old boy he was trying to seduce over Grindr.

Callum McBrearty sent a picture of his penis to ‘Jamie’ and asked if he could perform oral sex on him then went on to arrange to meet him at McDonald’s in Eltham, South East London.

Within an hour of messaging him, McBrearty messaged saying: ‘show me your dick lol’ before sending him the explicit image.

However, Jamie turned out to be paedophile hunters The Hunted One and now be’s been given an eight-month prison sentence suspended for two years.

The court heard McBrearty had since lost his job as a barman and was planning to change his name to avoid the ‘humiliation’ his public outing as a paedophile has caused him.

He told police: ‘As a 14-year-old I would have welcomed some guidance from an older gay person as to how he would conduct himself in the future.’

He appeared at Southwark Crown Court to face sentencing for one count of attempting to cause a child age 14 to look at an image of a person engaging in sexual activity.

Two additional charges of attempting to cause a boy aged 14 to engage in sexual activity involving oral sex and attempting to meet a boy aged 14 for the purposes of committing a sexual offence were left to lie on file.

Prosecutor David Parvin said: ‘Mr McBrearty travelled to McDonald’s on Eltham High Street after on several occasions communicating with an individual who identified himself as a 14-year-old boy.

‘Mr McBrearty arranged to meet up with this individual at the McDonald’s restaurant. On arriving there, he was apprehended by a group of individuals who identified themselves as paedophile investigators.’

Mr Parvin added that there had been ‘a significant element of premeditation and planning, which is evidenced by the messages that were exchanged.’

McBrearty was given a five-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order in July 2013 for making indecent images, but he was not in breach of that order as it only specified that he was not to have contact with children under 13.

He had signed the sex offenders’ register in 2013 after he was handed a two-year conditional discharge having admitted 13 counts of making indecent images of children at Wood Green Crown Court.

Christopher Amis, representing McBrearty, said: ‘These proceedings have resulted in the defendant’s complete humiliation.

‘The group who carried out this investigative work have a website on which there is a gallery of all those whom they have chose to name and shame.’

Mr Amis said that McBrearty had appeared on YouTube, Facebook and other sites, meaning ‘his family, friends and work colleagues have all become aware of the defendant’s predicament. He has really heaped humiliation on himself..

‘These proceedings have been extremely salutary. The defendant has lost his job working as a barman. He has said he will have to change his name now his name is all over the internet.

‘Fortunately, there is no victim in the normal sense in this case. No damage has been done to any child.’

Mr Amis added that McBrearty was ‘himself a vulnerable person’ who suffered from depression.

Passing sentence, Judge Deborah Taylor said: ‘You made contact through Grindr and engaged in a sexually explicit chat with a boy you believed to be 14.

‘Whilst in fact this was not a real child, you did not know that.’

Judge Taylor noted that McBrearty’s offending had escalated ‘from merely having images to moving to contacting young people, in fact children under the age of 16.’

But she spared McBrearty immediate custody, having heard from Mr Amis that he would ‘simply emerge as an unreformed paedophile.

McBrearty, of Downham Way, Bromley, admitted one count of attempting to cause a child aged 14 to look at an image of a person engaging in sexual activity.

He was sentenced to eight months imprisonment, suspended for two years, and a five-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order was imposed, preventing him from making any contact with or possessing any images of any child under the age of 16, save for his immediate family.

One count of attempting to cause a boy aged 14 to engage in sexual activity involving oral sex and one of attempting to meet a boy aged 14 for the purposes of committing a sexual offence were left to lie on file.

February 2017

Sex offender who tried to seduce 14-year-old boy is exposed

A convicted sex offender has been told he faces jail after he planned to seduce a 14-year-old boy on Grindr.

Callum McBrearty sent a picture of his penis to ‘Jamie’ and asked if he could perform oral sex on him then went on to arrange to meet hipm at McDonald’s in Eltham, South East London.

The boy, who was actually a group called The Hunted One, told McBrearty he was just a child and that he was curious.

Within an hour of messaging him, McBrearty messaged saying: ‘show me your dick lol’ before sending him an explicit image.

McBrearty – who was given a conditional discharge for making indecent photographs of children in 2013 – arranged to meet the boy at McDonald’s in Eltham High Street, southeast London.

McBrearty signed the Sex Offenders’ Register in 2013 and was handed a two-year conditional discharge after admitting 14 counts of making indecent images of children at Wood Green Crown Court.

He was also given a two-year supervision requirement and a 16-day activity requirement dealing with his internet use.

When he arrived on 20 June 2016 online child protection group ‘The Hunted One’ surrounded him until the police arrived.

Southwark Crown Court heard one of their members had been posing as ‘Jamie’ using a picture of a ‘typical teenager’ on Grindr.

Prosecutor Roger Daniells-Smith said: ‘They detained the defendant in McDonald’s, surrounded him and kept him there until police arrived.

‘The group handed over all their evidence they had collated to the officers and an arrest was carried out.’

Today McBrearty admitted one count of attempting to cause a child age 14 to look at an image of a person engaging in sexual activity at Southwark Crown Court.

Mr Daniells-Smith said: ‘The defendant took the bait and began an encounter online with the decoy and their conversation over a number of days was of a flirting nature.’

Judge Stephen Robbins adjourned sentencing until 17 March and said: ‘I think in the circumstances I will order a pre-sentence report.’

McBrearty, from Bromley, was released on unconditional bail until he is sentenced for:

One count of attempting to cause a child aged 14 to look at an image of a person engaging in sexual activity.

One count of attempting to cause a boy aged 14 to engage in sexual activity involving oral sex

One of attempting to meet a boy aged 14 for the purposes of committing a sexual offence were left to lie on file