Charity worker who arranged threesome with ’14-year-old girl’ caught by paedophile hunters avoids jail
A charity worker, who was caught by paedophile hunters trying to arrange a threesome with a 14-year-old girl, has been spared a prison sentence.
Toni Stevens believed he was meeting a teenage girl when he had actually been swapping texts with members of paedophile hunting team UK database
The 32-year-old was filmed when he was confronted by members of UK database on 27 November after exchanging WhatsApp messages with their members.
Stevens admitted two counts of engaging in sexual communications with children at Exeter Crown Court, where he was spared a jail term by Judge Graham Cottle.
Stevens was handed a 12-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, and told to complete an accredited sexual offender programme, sign the Sex Offender’s Register and made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Defending Stevens, Michael Brown, said his client acknowledged he had a problem with his behaviour.
“He is incredibly motivated to address these issues,” said Brown, according to Devon Live.
“He was very open with the probation officer and recognises he has a problem which he would like to address. He could be sent to prison today but is that going to tackle the underlying issue?”
The court was told that Stevens thought he had been messaging several teenagers online before he arranged to meet one 14-year-old girl.
Stevens repeatedly asked to have sex with the girl, despite knowing her age and suggested that they have a threesome in a series of chats.
After being confronted in the undercover sting by the group he said: “I’m ashamed of myself”.
Charity volunteer in court after ‘sting’ by online child protection team
A charity volunteer has admitted to several sexual offences, after being caught by online child protection ‘UK database’
32-year-old Torquay man Toni Stevens appeared at Plymouth Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to:
Two counts of engaging in sexual communication with a child
Attempting to cause a child aged between 13-15 to watch or look at indecent images
It was revealed that Stevens had contacted dozens of children online and sent them sexually explicit images of himself and nude images of a woman over 18. Stevens also sent sexually explicit chat describing what he wanted the child to do.
Stevens was remanded in custody and will appear at Exeter Crown Court on the 19th December, where he will be sentenced