January 2018

Paedophile hunters snare pervert who asked ’13-year-old girl’ to run away with him

Pervert Phillip Browne was snared by a paedophile hunter who set up a fake profile of a ‘13-year-old girl’ online.

The 37-year-old defendant contacted a child on the ‘Meet For You’ site despite, a member of Team Hunters, making it clear she was underage

He suggested they transferred to WhatsApp and sent pictures of his genitals and asked her to send nude photos of herself.

He told her he would like to have a relationship so he could teach her about sex.

Browne then asked her to stay in a hotel and run away with him.

But members of the group visited the defendant at his home and exposed him on Facebook which led to his arrest.

Now Browne has been jailed for 12 months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

Prosecutor Neil Ahuja said the team set up a fake profile of a 13-year-old girl on social media and dating site ‘Meet For You’.

Mr Ahuja said: “She was saying she was aged 13. The defendant, using his profile ‘Phillip37’, began to communicate with the profile in November.

“The communication moved to WhatsApp and the decoy communicated with him from November 5 to November 16.

“He sent messages of a sexual nature. He asked her to send nude photos of herself. She told him she was not allowed as she was only 13 and her mother would not let her.

“He also sent pictures of his genital area and asked if they could have a relationship. He told her he would teach her sex. He asked her to stay in a hotel with him and to run away with him. He frequently encouraged her to send pictures of herself.

Browne, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to attempting to arrange the commission of a child sex offence and attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act.

Recorder John Butterfield QC made Browne the subject of a five-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and placed him on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

The judge said: “The communication lasted approximately 12 days and was sexualised in nature. You sent indecent photos, you requested indecent photos of her and you requested real world meetings.”