March 2018

Sheerness paedophile sting

A twisted father of seven confronted at his home by an online paedophile hunting team after he sent explicit photos and videos in the belief he was talking to a girl has been jailed for nine months.

Pervert Paul Flack, who calls himself Rudeboyz on Facebook, was snared by the group known as Capital Online Child Protection in a sting shown live on social media on November 10 last year.

The 41-year-old was filmed late at night outside his home in Sheerness, looking dishevelled and wearing just a pair of garish pyjama bottoms

The team went to the address – revealed to them by Flack himself during one of his chats – after he failed to turn up at an arranged meeting at a nearby train station, Maidstone Crown Court heard.

Speaking in hushed tones in the footage, Flack is led to a quiet area outside the property to be confronted with the series of vile chat logs he had had with a decoy posing as a 13-year-old girl.

Despite an initial denial, he then confessed to sending explicit messages, including five photos of his penis and five videos of him masturbating.

His online conversations also included requests for the teenager to bring dirty knickers and wear tights while he performed various sexual acts.

The footage, lasting almost half an hour, has since been viewed on social media almost 176,000 times and shared 2,800 times.

However, he claimed as he was filmed that his fetish was for women wearing tights, and denied he was sexually attracted to children.

He also told the team he had not communicated with other children, only for them to claim there had been contact with four other decoys.

Tattooed Flack admitted attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.

Jailing him yesterday (March 13), Judge Charles Macdonald QC said: “The sentence must punish you, protect the public, and deter others.

“That can only be achieved by immediate custody.”

In the live footage Flack admits to doing ‘stupid things’ but denies any intention to meet the teenager.

However, when his depraved chatlogs are revealed, including one in which as soon as he learnt of the girl’s age he said he wanted to have sex with her, Flack confesses: “I should have left it and told her ‘I am going, you are too young’.”

He then adds: “I didn’t meet her. I just done stupid things. I’m sorry. I apologise.”

At one stage a woman off camera, believed to be his then partner, can be heard warning him ‘Don’t ever, ever come near me and my children’.

He simply tells her ‘We might as well call it a day’, before asking if he can go back in the house for his property.

Flack was placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and barred from working with children under 16 and vulnerable adults. A sexual harm prevention order was also made.

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