November 2017

Pervert caught grooming children by paedophile hunters

An angry dad came face-to-face with a paedophile who he accused of trying to groom his 15-year-old daughter online.

Andrew Chaney, 34, (pictured) was cornered on his doorstep by two paedophile hunting teams who accused him of “blackmailing” children with iPhones, tablets and One Direction and Olly Murs autographs “if they do stuff.”

The group also accused Chaney of boasting about mingling with pop stars and promising celebrities’ autographs to several decoys in return for “something special”.

After members of Silent Justice and Keeping Kids Safe confront him, he denies ever meeting any real children, but admits sending photos and videos of him carrying out a sex act to the decoys who has told him they were aged between 10 and 14.

One furious father joined the group to confront Chaney at his home in Copnor, Portsmouth, on September 28.

During the sting the father said he was sitting on his hands to keep himself from harming Chaney, who he claimed had randomly messaged his underage daughter online.

When this was put to him, he simply said: “Sorry, I didn’t realise.”

A video of the confrontation – seen more than 500,000 times online – shows Chaney cowering behind his front door as the paedophile hunters surround him.

One asks: “You’ve been talking to some children online, haven’t you?”

Sheepishly, he answers: “I have, yeah. Sorry.”

He claims he did not know their ages and says he was only speaking to “about three or four”.

But his story soon changes when the hunters produce evidence showing the real number is much higher.

The seething dad says: “And one of them is my daughter.”

Chaney begins to shake and stutters: “I’m sorry, I didn’t realise.”

The man continues: “You’ve actually inboxed my daughter and I told my daughter to delete and block you. My daughter’s 15 and my other daughter’s 13.”

Chaney says: “Like I said, I don’t know all the ages.”

He replies: “I’m sitting on my hands right now because if I weren’t the type of bloke that I am, I’d like to do harm to you. But I am not that way.”

When asked what he thinks his punishment should be, Chaney responds: “I don’t deserve to live to be honest. I’m sorry for everything. I shouldn’t have done it.”

In a final twist, he is made homeless when his female housemate tells him she wants him to leave and the owner has demanded his key back.

As he hands it over, another man says: “Your face looks like your whole world’s just ended.”

Chaney responds: “It has, yeah.”

Police then arrive and take him into custody.

Chaney, of no fixed abode, was jailed for 36 months at Portsmouth Crown Court on Friday, November 24, after pleading guilty to four counts of attempting to cause a female 13 or over to engage in sexual activity and two counts of attempting to meet a girl under 16 following grooming.

He was put on the sex offenders register for life and given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

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