May 2018

Paedophile hunters ‘catch’ man who arranged to meet two 12-year-old sisters for sex

Paedophile hunters “trapped” a man who thought he had arranged to meet two 12-year-old sisters for sex.

When Mark Indiana James Herbert Huxter arrived at Swansea train station for his online-arranged rendezvous he was confronted by four members of the group, who detained him before handing him to police.

Dean Pulling, for the prosecution, told Swansea Crown Court that in December last year members of a group calling itself the Swansea Hunters Child Protective set up two fake profiles on the dating website Meet4U in the names Megan and Chloe Jones.

The court heard the women behind the profiles used photographs of genuine young girls by using photos friends had given them showing themselves as youngsters.

Huxter made contact with “Chloe” on the site and the pair began conversing.

Mr Pulling said “Chloe” made it clear she was 12 and still in school but the conversation between the parties soon turned sexual.

The court heard the pair then began communicating on WhatsApp, with 18-year-old Huxter describing the sex acts he wanted to perform on the girl – and her on him – asking her for her bra size as well as sending her an intimate photograph of himself.

He also sent sexually explicit messages to “Megan” and suggested she join him and “Chloe” in sex.

The court heard the women behind the profiles made it clear they were 12 but Huxter said he did not mind as long as they did not.

On December 18 Huxter travelled by train from his home in Pontypridd to what he thought was a meeting with the girls.

But he was instead met outside the station by four adults who identified themselves as members of Swansea Hunters Child Protective.

The group detained Huxter and handed him over to British Transport Police who were on duty at the station.

College student Huxter, of Llantrisant Road, Graig, Pontypridd, had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of attempting to meet a girl he believed to be aged 12 after sexual online grooming when he appeared in the dock for sentencing.

Judge Geraint Walters told Huxter he had been the subject of “sting operation” by the “self-appointed” Swansea Hunters Child Protective.

He said there was no suggestion the group had bullied or intimidated Huxter, as was the case with some groups, but said the dangers of unqualified people engaging in such activities was obvious and enforcing the criminal law was better left to the police.

The judge told Huxter he was “no match” for the people in the group who were “skilled” at luring people into their trap.

He said: “Sometimes they will lure a paedophile, a true paedophile, into the trap. Sometimes they lure people like you, somebody who has their own vulnerabilities.

“That is why I say that these sorts of things are best dealt with by the police. The reason you are before the court is because members of this group lured a young man who himself has significant issues that are yet to be addressed.

“You were no match for a sophisticated adult seeking to trap a paedophile. You fell straight into the trap – therefore I have agonised over the sentence in this case.”

Giving Huxter a 25% discount for his guilty pleas the judge sentenced Huxter to 12 months in prison for each of the two offences but suspended the sentences for two years.

The defendant was also ordered to complete a Horizon sex offenders community programme and will be a registered sex offender for the next seven years.

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