June 2018

Pervert caught by paedophile hunting team

A pervert who believed he was grooming a schoolgirl online has been jailed

Salesman Robert Kenneth Silverthorne, 54-years-old of Weston-super-Mare appeared at Cardiff Crown court where he pleaded not guilty to four charges:

  • Sexual communication with a child

  • Sending an indecent image to a child

  • Inciting a child into sexual activity

  • Attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming 

It took the jury just minutes to convict him of four charges 

The four convictions totalled a 44 months, but they will be served concurrently meaning he will serve just the two years behind bars.

The court was told that Silverthorne who was an officer in the sea cadets contacted what he believed was an online profile of a 15-year-old schoolgirl. He sent sexually explicit messages and pictures of his private parts.

However, the child was really a decoy from paedophile hunting team ‘PH balance’ who pose online as children to catch sex offenders who target children for sexual activity

A sexual harm prevention order was put in place for a period of 10 years

He was also told that he must register as a sex offender for 10 years

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