June 2017

Soldier jailed after paedophile hunter ‘sting’

A soldier who admitted grooming a child after sending explicit messages over the internet from his Army barracks, has been jailed.

Sam Dallow, from Birmingham, believed he was contacting a 14-year-old girl.

Instead, Dallow was messaging self-styled paedophile hunter Shane Brannigan, who reported the 25-year-old to the police.

Dallow was sentenced at Winchester Crown Court and told he would serve half his two year sentence in custody.

Dallow, of 6th Battalion The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, based at Tidworth, Wiltshire admitted attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming at his plea hearing in May.

It followed a sting carried out at Andover train station on 11 April where the soldier was greeted by Mr Brannigan and a colleague who filmed their exchange.

Sentencing Dallow, the judge said although he had only been communicating with a “persona”, his conduct had been persistent and demonstrated a “reckless, predatory behaviour towards children”.

Dallow was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.

May 2017

Soldier caught out in grooming sting by ‘paedophile hunter’

A soldier has admitted grooming a child after sending explicit messages over the internet from his Army barracks.

Winchester Crown Court heard 25-year-old Craftsman Sam Dallow from Birmingham thought he was contacting a 14-year-old girl.

In fact it was self-styled paedophile hunter Shane Brannigan, who handed Wiltshire-based Dallow to the police.

A senior police officer warned against vigilante action – saying it risks jeopardising ongoing investigations.

Dallow, of 6th Battalion The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, based at Tidworth, admitted attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.

The sting was carried out at Andover train station on 11 April where he was greeted by Mr Brannigan and a colleague who filmed their exchange.

The footage and online exchanges were given to Hampshire Police.

The vigilantes claim they are helping budget-stretched police forces.

Mr Brannigan told the BBC: “Saying and crying they’ve got no money, no resources, no funding, there isn’t enough people in the team to do this sort of thing.

“Leave it to people like me who actually care about the investigation.”

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