June 2018

Undercover police snare paedophile

A police undercover sting snared a 62-year-old man who travelled 100 miles from his home to have sex with what he thought was a 12-year-old girl in Torquay.

Businessman Steven Price boasted online that he wanted to give the girl her ‘first orgasm’ and he arrived at a pub car park with a condom in his pocket.

But he was arrested at the scene by police who told him the girl was really a decoy set up by them to catch people like him.

The court was told he had been caught by a similar decoy sting in 2017 involving an 11-year-old.

He was jailed for 15 months by a judge at Exeter Crown Court.

The court was told Price spent 40 days grooming a ‘girl’ called Maddy.

Prosecutor Mr Paul Grumbar said Price had chatted on the site Lycos.

He sent a series of sexually explicit messages saying he wanted to have full sex with the girl and encouraging her to touch herself.

The pervert then arranged to meet her at the Willow Tree pub near Sainsbury’s on March 14 this year.

He travelled down from his home in Gloucestershire. When police found the condom he said he always carried one.

Price, of Elcombe Lane, Uley, near Dursley, admitted attempting to engage in a sexual conversation with a child, attempting to meet a child under 13 for the purpose of sexual activity and attempting to meet a child following grooming.

He asked for a further offence of sexual communication to be considered.

He was jailed for 15 months by Recorder Mr Martin Meeke, QC, ordered to sign on the sex offenders register for ten years given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order restricting hios contact with children.

Recorder Meeke said: “You left your home in Gloucestershire having arranged to meet her in Torquay. On your arrival you were arrested and had a condom in your pocket. That was at a time when you expected to meet a 12-year-old girl.

“The evidence suggests you have an unnatural interest in girls aged 11 and 12.”

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