June 2018

Paul Bryant, of Basildon, pleads guilty to online child grooming

A MAN has admitted a series of online child sex offences after being snared by a paedophile hunter group called CSE interceptors.

Paul Bryant, 40, of Dewsgreen, Basildon, was arrested by police officers after a two-day operation by the group Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Interceptors.

CSE Interceptors is a non-profit organisation that investigates online child abuse and arranges the arrests when an offender is identified.

Bryant had been communicating with one of the interceptors’ decoys who he thought was a young boy.

A spokesman for the group said: “Once he had committed the offence, our investigators started tracing the man who at the time we only knew as Paul along with the IP address of his mobile phone.

“Our investigators worked tirelessly all day to apprehend the male along with officers from Hertfordshire police force.

“When arrested he was taken across the county into Essex to Basildon custody where he was charged and remanded.”

Bryant, who claims to be a care home manager on LinkedIn, then appeared at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on Friday morning where he admitted online child sexual grooming.

Paul Bryant was remanded into custody until his sentencing hearing on July 13 at Basildon Crown Court.