July 2018

Aveley man caught by paedophile hunting teams

A Aveley man who sent online sexual messages to who he believed were multiple young girls has avoided prison after he was caught by paedophile hunters

Simon Clifton, aged 44, of Tany Mead, Aveley pleaded not guilty, but was found guilty during a trial at Basildon Crown Court of:

  • Four counts of sexual communication with a child under the age of 16 for the purposes of sexual gratification

The court was told that Clifton had contacted the online profiles he believed belonged to four girls aged 11, 13, 13 and 14 years old.

Clifton sent a string of sexually charged messages and asked for indecent images of the children

He attempted to incite the children into sexual activity.

Clifton expressed his desire to meet the 14 year old decoy for sexual activity. He arranged a meet and was shocked when he was confronted by paedophile hunters who questioned him on his internet activity.

The sting was carried out by ‘Keeping Kids Safe’ who explained that the child involved was in-fact an adult from team ‘Angels Of Innocence’ who posed online as a child.

The judge sentenced Clifton to a 12 month sentence which was suspended sentence for 24 months on each count to run concurrently.

Clifton was also been given a sexual harm prevention order and time on the sex offenders register.