November 2017

Mum-of-two helps snare paedophile by posing as gay schoolboy

A mum-of-two helped police catch a paedophile in her area after posing as a schoolboy online. Cheyenne O’Connor snared Jason Sutton after pretending to be a 15-year-old boy on adult dating app Grindr.

Now the 24-year-old has vowed to continue being an online ‘paedophile hunter’ to catch other men like Sutton.

He admitted attempting to groom what he thought was a teenage boy – but was actually the vigilante mum – in court on Thursday.

The court heard that Sutton, 48, sent a series of explicit messages to what he thought was a school pupil on the island of Jersey, beginning in mid-October.

They ‘boy’ had recently come out as gay and was asked by married Sutton to keep their relationship a ‘secret’.

Within two days Sutton had arranged to meet the teen in the toilets of a public car park, asking him to ‘wear trackie bottoms’ and telling him he intended to touch him sexually.

But when Sutton arrived at the spot on October 17, he was photographed by Cheyenne, who was hiding in a nearby car.

Evidence, including photographs and screenshots of messages, were then passed to detectives who arrested the defendant days later during a dawn raid on his home.

Advocate Sue Pearmain, defending, said her client had excellent references from his employer and had been in a stable 26 year relationship with his husband. She said there was no application for bail, as Sutton wanted to start his sentence straight away.

Last week Sutton, of Grouville, Jersey, was remanded in custody and placed on the Sex Offenders Register.

He is due to be sentenced on November 20.

After the court appearance, Cheyenne said: ‘This guy [Sutton] is dangerous. I had three others from Jersey message me too.

‘One guy tried to tell me off for being on the site when I was so young. ‘The next morning he messaged me, saying: “Hey sexy. I am horny x”. These men exist and they are dangerous.’

Cheyenne who also posed online as a teenage girl to catch another sex offender earlier this year, has vowed to continue her work online. ‘I am going to carry this on on every app I can think of.

‘If someone is reading this and they think they can go on the internet and groom children they should know that I will make it my mission to catch you,’ she said.