February 2018

Female paedophile hunter gets another man for grooming

A 41-year-old man has become the latest online predator to be snared by vigilante Cheyenne O’Connor after trying to meet a child for sex.

Robert John Lupton-Le Masurier, of Chevalier Road, yesterday pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a child of 13 following sexual grooming.

The offence took place between 10 and 15 January, the Magistrate’s Court heard.

Lupton-Le Masurier, who is deaf and was supported in court by a sign-language expert, was ordered to immediately sign the Sex Offenders Register. The length of time he will remain on the list will be decided during his sentencing hearing.

Relief Magistrate Sarah Fitz agreed with the prosecution that the matter fell within the jurisdiction of the lower court.

Advocate Baglin said that prosecutors were not opposed to the defendant being released on bail and the court was told that Lupton-Le Masurier would be living at an address where there are no children.

As part of his bail conditions, the defendant was ordered not to be alone with any child under 16.

He was also told that any internet-enabled device he uses has to be able to retain the search history and he must agree that any device be handed to any police officer who asks to see it.

Mrs Fitz ordered the preparation of a social inquiry report and the court was told that the sign-language expert would return to Jersey in three weeks’ time to help with the preparation of the report.

A sentencing date has been set for 7 March.

Miss O’Connor has snared at least three other online sex offenders during the past year.