Paedophile caught by online child protection team
A paedophile who tried to get a 13-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity after targeting her online has avoided a prison sentence
Colin Jones appeared at Preston Crown Court from custody after being arrested at his home in Steel Street, Askam in June
The 44-year-old pleaded guilty to inciting a 13-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity; attempting to communicate with a 13-year-old girl for purposes of sexual gratification; and attempting to cause a child aged 13 to look at an image of a person engaging in sexual activity.
The court heard Jones was arrested after a package of chat logs was gathered by child abuse awareness website UK Database, who sent it to a group called Fleetwood Enforcers.
The prosecution said they visited Jones’ home address but he refused to answer the door when they demanded he explain his actions.
Prosecutor Suzie Cavanagh told the court: “On March 7 he made contact with a female he believed to be a 13-year-old girl called Summer through an online dating site
“The girl was actually a 25-year-old woman called Chantii Rose from UK Datatbase who posed as a child online to snare online predators
“On April 23 he moved the conversation onto Facebook messenger… he sent her six videos of himself and 19 images.”
The court heard Fleetwood Enforcers live streamed the confrontation on Facebook where it was viewed 50,000 times in the first 24 hours.
Because of the live stream, he was remanded in custody for his own protection.
Miss Cavanagh said: “The paedophile hunters called police who arrived and arrested Jones. During interview he fully accepted what he had done.”
At a previous hearing at magistrates, a discussion about his bail was heard. The prosecution solicitor added: “There are concerns by the police that this offending will continue.
“He has been investigated for other similar offences and there are concerns this is a pattern of ongoing behaviour.“
Because of this, the judge remanded Jones in prison for three months, until sentencing took place today
The judge handed Jones a 12 month suspended sentence for two years
He placed him on a 20 day rehabilitation programme
A 10 year sexual harm prevention order was put in place to prohibit online activity.
Jones was told that he must register as a sex offender for 10 years and he must pay a victim surcharge of £140