January 2018

man has been jailed after paedophile hunters catch him

A man has been jailed after paedophile hunters helped catch him with a decoy profile of a 13-year-old girl online.

Craig Haynes, 45, of Thorsby Street, Mansfield, began chatting to the person he thought was a teenager, telling her “you are hot, babes”.

But David Allan, prosecuting at Nottingham Crown Court, revealed the conversation between them became more sexually explicit.

Haynes sent a video to her of himself performing a sexual act, the court heard on Tuesday (January 9).

And arrangements were made for them to meet up and go ice-skating – but Haynes was confronted by the paedophile hunter group, Keeping Kids Safe, said Mr Allan.

Police were contacted and he was arrested and answered “no comment” to questions.

A video link was set-up for Haynes to appear in court this morning from a courtroom at HMP Nottingham.

Haynes then pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming on December 8 last year.

Mr Allan said: “This case involves the use of a paedophile hunter group and a decoy used by the group – someone posing as a 13-year-old girl”.

The court heard the defendant had 49 convictions on his record, including a large number of burglary offences.

He has a relevant caution for possessing prohibited images in 2014, said Judge Jeremy Lea, who sentenced him to 16 months in prison.

A sexual harm prevention order was imposed for five years. Haynes will have to sign the sex offenders’ register for ten years.

Judge Lea reminded Haynes the person he intended to met was a girl he believed was 13 years old.

“You spoke to her on at least more than one occasion,” he told him over the link.

And he said: “Your attraction to young girls is apparent from your caution in 2014.”

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