Prison for man caught by paedophile hunters
A Devon man has been jailed for arranging to meet a 13-year-old girl at the train station but instead being confronted by a group of vigilante paedophile hunters.
Gary Parker, 43, was snared by UK Database who filmed his citizen’s arrest at St David’s Station in Exeter.
They told him the person he thought was a 13-year-old girl was really a fictitious online creation.
Parker, of Brays Close, Crediton, immediately admitted what he had done.
In court he pleaded guilty to:
Attempting to meet a girl under 16 for sexual activity;
Attempting to engage a child in sexual communication via Facebook Messenger;
Attempting to arrange or facilitate a sexual offence with a girl.
The sentencing was:
15 months on count 1
6 months on count 2 – Concurrent
6 months on count 3 – Concurrent