Man dubbed ‘dangerous sexual predator’ trapped by paedophile hunters
A convicted paedophile who was snared by vigilantes after grooming a fictitious girl he believed was 14 for sex has been jailed for six years.
James Phillips repeatedly breached a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) he was made subject of in 2014 for being in a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.
In January this year, the 28-year-old set up a fake Facebook account and messaged who he thought was a 14-year-old girl, even arranging to meet her, Leeds Crown Court heard.
But the girl’s account was also fake, having been set up by self-styled paedophile hunters ‘Predator Exposure’, who cornered him in the car park of Sainsbury’s in Dewsbury on February 2.
Last month he pleaded guilty to attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity, attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming, attempting to have sexual activity with a child and failure to comply with a notification requirement.
Phillips, of The Crofts, Heckmondwike, previously breached the SHPO in May 2017 when he messaged a teenage girl on Facebook and sent her photos of his penis.
Phillips was told he must serve a custodial term of six years, followed by extended period on licence of eight years.