January 2018

Online pervert sentenced for grooming child

A pervert has been sentenced after he was caught grooming a young child online.

Robert Bolton 44 from Merthyr Tydfil was arrested in December after he contacted what he believed was a 12-year-old girl. However, Bolton was infact talking to a decoy from the online child protection team ‘Welsh child protectors’

Bolton who works as a cleaner in Merthyr Tydfil, and who is a father himself, initiated the contact with the decoy who on many occasions stated she was 12-years-old.

Merthyr Crown Court was told that Bolton acknowledged her age and began sending highly sexual and explicit messages detailing sexual activity with the child.

Bolton arranged a meet with the child, but was met by members of the ‘Welsh child protectors’ who interviewed him on camera. After a short time, they rang the police and Bolton was formerly arrested.

He was charged with:

  • Sexual communication with a child

  • Meeting a child following sexual grooming

Bolton was arrested in December 2017, and later admitted his guilt to police in a interview.

Bolton was sentenced to a 12 month prison sentence of which he will serve half.

He was also placed on the sex offenders register for a period of 10 years