February 2018

Paedophile hunters catch Coalville man who sent sick messages and pictures to ’14-year-old girl’

A pervert sent explicit sexual messages and photographs to someone he believed to be a 14-year-old girl.

Brian Stanyard was caught out by paedophile hunting group The Innocence Keepers after they set up a decoy profile under the name Tiffany.

The group, based in Leeds, used a picture of a now adult woman, taken when she was 14.

In November last year Stanyard, of Margaret Street, Coalville, sent a friend request to the girl.

She told him she was 14 and asked for his age, and he replied that he was also 14.

The messages became sexual in nature and the group confronted the 52-year-old, who was arrested.

He appeared at Leicester Crown Court yesterday, having pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual communication with a child at an earlier hearing.

Lynsey Knott, prosecuting, said: “He wrote ‘Hi, you gorgeous babe’ and said he wanted to kiss her and that he’d been thinking about her ‘all the time’.”

The pair exchanged mobile phone numbers and the defendant’s messages quickly became “extremely sexual in nature”, according to Ms Knott.

Stanyard sent the girl sexual photographs of himself in an aroused state and asked for her address, saying he could visit her when her mother was out.

But when she refused, along with a request to send him a nude picture of herself, he resorted to vile abuse.

The paedophile hunters from The Innocence Keepers had tracked down Stanyard’s home address using 192.com.

And, after he rang the ‘girl’ in person on November 29, making further sexual remarks, the group decided to confront him.

Ms Knott said that when approached at his home, a “heated” confrontation took place in which Stanyard told the group, who filmed the exchange: “I know what I’ve done, I can only apologise”.

The police were called and the defendant was taken to hospital after trying to take an overdose of paracetamol and ibuprofen.

When officers eventually interviewed Stanyard, he admitted to sending text messages of a sexual nature to the ‘girl’, but could not explain why.

Stanyard, who is unemployed and does not have children, was sentenced to eight months in jail, suspended for two years, and ordered to attend a sex offender rehabilitation programme.

His name will also go on the sex offenders register, where it will remain for 10 years.

Judge Robert Brown told him: “What you did amounts to child abuse.

“There was no actual victim but you didn’t know that and believed you were communicating with a 14-year-old child.”