March 2018

Man handed suspended prison sentence after being caught by paedophile hunter in Bath

A 43-year-old man avoided jail after being caught by a self-styled paedophile hunter when he came to Bath to meet a ‘child’ after grooming her.

David Jackson of Orchard Road in Paulton arranged to meet up with someone he thought to be a 13-year-old girl in July – but was instead confronted by self-proclaimed paedophile hunter Danny Catcher.

Jackson had been speaking to Danny Catcher’s decoy account online and sent a number of explicit messages before arranging to meet up.

In the messages, Jackson asked the girl to send sexually explicit photographs, asked what her breast size was and sent a photograph of himself.

The self-employed painter and decorator agreed to meet the girl on July 13 in New King Street but when he turned up Danny Catcher performed a citizen’s arrest and called Avon and Somerset police.

Jackson appeared in Bristol Crown Court on March 14 where he was sentenced for attempting to meet an underage girl after grooming.

Jackson was handed a six-month prison sentence which is suspended for two years, was ordered to undertake a 60-day rehabilitation programme and will sign the sex offenders register.

Talking about the conviction, Danny Catcher told us: “I’m incredibly pleased to hear that Jackson has been sentenced to a six-month jail term suspended for 24 months, with an order to sign to the register of sex offenders.