Sex offender jailed
A SEX offender has been jailed after falling for a trap set by a Hereford paedophile hunter posing online as a 14-year-old girl.
Samir Rignall, 46, was arrested when he arrived at Hereford railway station expecting to meet the girl for sex, Worcester Crown Court was told.
He was carrying a bag with a tent and a duvet and various sex toys, Paul Whitfield, prosecuting, told the court.
Self-proclaimed paedophile hunter David Poole set up the sting through his group H Division and posted details online.
The court heard that Rignall had been given a six-year jail sentence at Cardiff Crown Court in February, 2011, for abducting and having sex with a 15-year-old girl.
He was also given a sexual offences prevention order banning him from making any contact with young people on the internet.
But he was able to get onto a website for over 18s under the name of Phil and contacted the fake teenage girl, Mr Whitfield said.
She soon told him she was 14 but he continued to chat to her with the messages becoming more explicit until he suggested they meet up.
A second teenage girl was introduced to the trap as her friend and Rignall suggested she should also come along for a “threesome,” Mr Whitfield said.
But when he arrived at the station from Cardiff on March 4, he was met only by the paedophile hunter and arrested by police.
“His intention was plain,” Mr Whitfield said. “He intended to have sex with a child.”
Rignall, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a girl under 16 following grooming, attempting to entice her to engage in penetrative sexual activity, breaching a sexual offences order and failing to notify the authorities that he was using the internet.
Judge Robert Juckes, QC, said Rignall had thought he was going to meet a girl to commit the sex offences he had described in their conversations.
“You had been set up,” he told Rignall. “The person who met you at the station was the person who had set the trap.
“You are in the grip of a sexual urge you cannot control,” he told Rignall. “You represent a risk of real harm to children.”
The judge said it was an “unusual” case because there was no actual child involved and the offences were charged only as attempts which must have an effect on the sentence.
Rignall was given a total jail sentence of three years and four months plus an extended licence period of three years.
Perv snared by paedo hunters after sending barrage of sick texts to ’14-year-old girl’
THIS is the moment a pervert who sent a barrage of twisted texts to what he thought was a 14-year-old schoolgirl is snared by paedo hunters – as he turned up with a bag of sex toys to meet her.
Samir Rignall, 46, travelled to Hereford after believing he had been talking to the teen on an over-18s dating site.
But instead he had been unwittingly communicating with David Poole – who confronted him at the town’s railway station.
In one horrifying text conversation beast Rignall boasts that he has had five teenage partners.
He says that he is entirely happy that ‘the girl’ is under the age of consent.
Another exchange sees him send ‘the girl’ a picture of a sex toy and ask: “You like my purple vibrator?X”.
Further messages see him boast of the amount of sex toys he has.
Footage of the sting on March 4 shows Rignall, who is wearing a bright red coat and a flat cap, standing outside the train station entrance.
Poole can be heard on the phone to police saying: “I’ve been talking to a fella online, he is travelling to meet what he believes to be a 14-year-old girl.
“Would you send a unit down because he is trying to get back on the train you see.”
The camera follows Rignall as he briskly walks through the station as Poole says: “He has got a tent and vibrators on him.”
He then walks onto a supermarket car park before a police officer arrives and arrests him.
At Worcester Crown Court yesterday Rignall admitted attempting to meet a girl under 16 year of age following grooming as well as attempting to incite a girl aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity among other offences.
He will be sentenced next month.
Dad-of-three Poole, who launched paedo-hunting group H Division after his son was targeted by online perverts, said: “I was speaking to him for about four weeks.
“I told him my age and said I was 14 but he said it was not a problem, age doesn’t matter to him and things like that.
“I approached him outside the station, he said it wasn’t him and I showed him his profile picture from the dating site.
“All he said was: ‘For f***’s sake’ and he walked off.
“He kept walking around the station, probably looking for a train to jump on, and I rang the police and we followed him.”
‘He kept talking to me for three to four weeks, it was almost 24-7. If I told him I had school and would be home at 4pm, at 4.01pm he would come online.
‘He tried to force a meeting quite quickly but I wasn’t ready with my cameraman so I delayed him for a week.
‘He said he would bring a tent, rope and a bag of sex toys. He wanted to camp out in the woodlands.
‘We arranged to meet on a Saturday at 1pm and we were waiting in the cafe at the train station and saw him get off.
‘He was looking around quite a lot and looked quite shifty. He had a bag with a blanket in and a bag with a tent and a rucksack full of sex toys.
The arrest comes after West Mercia Police issued a warning to David, and fellow paedophile hunters, not to trap suspected perverts.