October 2018

Pervert who sent sexual messages to paedophile hunters is spared jail

A pervert from Derbyshire caught sending sexually explicit messages to two “14-year-old girls” has been spared jail.

In reality, the girls were a group of self-styled paedophile hunters who handed Glen Walker over to police.

Derby Crown Court was told how Walker asked “Kirsty” and “Amber” to send him photographs of them touching their private parts during their online conversations.

The 52-year-old also asked them how large their breasts were and offered to meet them and buy them “sexy underwear”.

He also told them he wanted to have sex with them but when he went to meet them, in Burton, they turned out to be a vigilante group who streamed their meeting live on Facebook.

Walker, a self-employed builder, of Askew Grove, Repton, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempting to sexually communicate with a child and was due to be sentenced.

His original sentencing hearing earlier this month was adjourned as a judge was concerned about his attitude and acceptance of his offending.

Now she has handed him a three-year community order.

Judge Nirmal Shant QC, Honorary Recorder of Derby, also ordered him to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and to attend a community sex offender programme.

She said: “Although there was not actually a child, you, to all intents and purposes, believed you were communicating with a child.

“The concern is that you, although you have made some progress, were in denial about your offending.

“The idea of this order is to penalise you through the unpaid work and provide you with intervention which I hope will address your attitude towards children.

“If you breach this over the next three years you will be brought back before me and it will be custody, do you understand?”

Walker replied: “Yes.”

Ian Way, when he originally opened the case two weeks ago, said Walker began communicating with “Kirsty” and “Amber” in July of last year.

He said: “The girls in question were, in fact, fictitious and instead he was talking to self-styled paedophile hunters – a group called ‘Keeping Kids Safe’.

“He began sending messages to the girls saying things like ‘I bet you have got a sexy body for your age?’ asking them if they were virgins, what underwear the were wearing and what their breasts were like.

“He said he wanted to meet them and that he would like to have sexual contact with them.”

Mr Way said the hunters carried out the sting on a footbridge over the River Trent which they streamed live on Facebook.

Walker was arrested and questioned about the offences.

Mr Way said: “In his first interview he denied knowing the ‘girls’ were 14 and said he believed they were 18.

“He then denied making any attempt to try and meet them.

“In his second interview when the chat logs between him and the two ‘girls’ were put to him, the defendant said a friend had tipped him off that they might be paedophile hunters implying that he knew he was not talking to real children.

September 2018

Pervert snared by paedophile hunters ‘seems uninterested in getting help’

A pervert sent sexually explicit messages to what he thought were two 14-year-old girls only to find out they were really a group of self-styled paedophile hunters.

And Glen Walker has now been criticised by a Judge for how he has reacted to being caught – failing to accept his guilt and seemingly not being interested in help from the probation service.

Walker asked “Kirsty” and “Amber” to send him photographs of them touching their privates parts during their online conversations.

The 52-year-old also asked them how large their breasts were and offered to meet them to buy them “sexy underwear”.

He also told them he wanted to have sex with them but when he went to meet them, in Burton, they turned out to be a group who streamed their meeting live on Facebook.

Walker, a self-employed builder, of Askew Grove, Repton, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempting to sexually communicate with a child and was due to be sentenced.

But Judge Nirmal Shant QC adjourned the hearing after reading his pre-sentence report which gave her “concerns” that he was not fully accepting of how serious his offending was and that he was unwilling to accept help from the probation service.

She said: “You have wholly failed to accept your culpability except for your (guilty) plea.

“I have read the pre-sentence report and, given your attitude, it does not fill the court with any great confidence.

“What you did was serious and you knew from the outset you were dealing with a 14-year-old child but you do not seem to be interested in getting any help from the probation service.”

Ian Way, prosecuting, said Walker began communicating with “Kirsty” and “Amber” in July of last year.

He said: “The girls in question were, in fact, fictitious and instead he was talking to self-styled paedophile hunters – a group called Keeping Kids Safe.

“He began sending messages to the girls saying things like ‘I bet you have got a sexy body for your age?’ asking them if they were virgins, what underwear the were wearing and what their breasts were like.

“He said he wanted to meet them and that he would like to have sexual contact with them.”

Mr Way said the hunters carried out the sting on a footbridge over the River Trent which they streamed live on Facebook.

Walker was arrested and questioned about the offences.

Mr Way said: “In his first interview he denied knowing the ‘girls’ were 14 and said he believed they were 18.

“He then denied making any attempt to try and meet them.

“In his second interview when the chat logs between him and the two ‘girls’ were put to him, the defendant said a friend had tipped him off that they might be paedophile hunters implying that he knew he was not talking to real children.”

Roger Wilson, for Walker, said his client “came to court knowing custody is an option”.

He said: “He will do anything to avoid being sent to prison.”

But Judge Shant ordered that an extra report be prepared for his new sentencing hearing at the same court on September 27.