March 2018

Pervert jailed for online child sexual offences

A sex predator has been jailed after he was caught in a bus station sting that was live-streamed on Facebook by a group of paedophile hunters.

Michael Riley, 26, from central Stockport, was sentenced to three years imprisonment at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court.

He had admitted to grooming and attempting to cause a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity at an earlier hearing.

Riley, of Shawcross Fold, had been himself targeted by a voluntary group called Defending the Innocent.

Members identify people who communicate inappropriately with children online and trap them by posing as youngsters.

Riley had been using an online dating site called Meet 4 U and the group posed as a 12-year-old girl called Nina.

The conversation between ‘Nina’ and Riley moved onto WhatsApp and he arranged to meet her at Stockport Bus Station, Daw Bank, on the afternoon of January 25, this year.

He sent a photograph of himself and a description of what he would be wearing.

But when he arrived, two members of the group were there to meet him and showed him the printed off history of the conversation he had had with ‘Nina’.

He was also given a 10-year sexual harm prevention order and cannot work with children for the rest of his life.