April 2018

Pervert avoids prison after grooming child online

A pervert who used a fake Facebook account under the name Peter Shaw has avoided prison after he was caught grooming what he believed was an underage girl.

Andre Smith from Eastwood, Nottingham was found guilty of sexual communication with a child aged under 16

The court was told that Smith had contacted a profile he believed belonged to a schoolgirl. After the child told him her age, Smith continued to the chat and sent sexually explicit messages with a view to having sexual activity with the girl

However, Smith was actually talking to decoy from online child protection team ‘Shadow Hunters’ 

Smith was sentenced to an 18 month community order

He was handed a 30 day rehabilitation order and was told that he must register as a sex offender for five years

A five year sexual harm prevention order was also put in place to prohibit any contact with female children aged under 16