Pervert avoids prison after being caught by paedophile hunters
A man has avoided a prison sentence after he groomed what he believed was a young girl
Paul Fretwell of Nottingham appeared at Nottingham Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to attempting To Cause/Incite the sexual exploitation of a child
The court was told that B&M Bargains shop assistant Fretwell had contacted what he believed was the online profile of a 14 year old girl
Fretwell lied to the girl by telling her that he was 23 years old. He sent a string of sexual messages to her and said they could meet up for a McDonalds meal and have sex afterwards
Perverted Fretwell sent a number of images of his penis to the girl.
On the day of the arranged meet, Fretwell messaged the girl a number of times displaying his anger at her because she told him she was running late
However, the girl did not exist and was instead a member of online child protection team ‘Totnes Justice’ who pose online as children in an attempt to snare predators who target children
The judge sentenced him to a three year community order
Fretwell was told that he must complete 100 hours of unpaid work.
He was to register as a sex offender with immediate effect