December 2018

‘Revolting’ paedophile who boasted he’d have sex with baby

A “revolting” paedophile snared by online paedophile hunters boasted he wanted to have sex with a one-year-old baby.

Johnathan Maxwell, 31, received a knock at the door from members of “Net Justice” after having sexual online chats with a “decoy” known as “Sarah”

Calling himself “Johnathon 30”, Maxwell contacted what he thought was a 13-year-old girl on Boxing Day last year, Hull Crown Court heard. Sarah – who was really a member of Net Justice set up on the online application Meet For You – told Maxwell she was 13. He told her he was 30, asking “Is that a problem?”

Charlotte Baines, prosecuting, said Maxwell then asked for Sarah’s mobile number and the conversation moved to WhatsApp, where it quickly turned sexual.

“He went on to suggest that they could sleep in the same bed and ‘Sarah’ could tell her mum she was sleeping at a friend’s house,” Miss Baines said.

“Maxwell suggested they could “make love”, later explaining this meant sex. She told him she was a virgin and he said he would be “gentle”.

As well as detailing sexual acts he intended to do to her, Maxwell arranged to meet “Sarah” in Leeds on February 10. But due to the content of the chat, a member of Net Justice enlisted the help of other members of the group to establish “Johnathon 30’s” identity, and Maxwell was found and located at the home he shared with his parents in Derwent Street, east Hull.

He readily admitted to the group what he had been doing, which also included chatting online to another 13-year-old girl. He said he had also communicated with her mother and a 14-year-old friend. It could not be established whether this was a real family or another decoy.

Maxwell said he was pleased he had been caught because he wanted help. Police arrived and arrested him.

Maxwell had arranged to meet the other girl, and her younger sisters, at a hotel in Grimsby to have sex, but was arrested before he had the chance. He had told the other girl to get her mother to perform a sex act on her, and also sent her an explicit picture of himself.

In one message, he said: “Since it is taking ages to meet I will f*** you all.” Asked by the girl if he would “have sex with a one-year-old”, Maxwell replied: “A one, a six, a ten, a thirteen, a fourteen, and how old is your mother?”

Maxwell’s mobile phone was seized and examined and was found to contain ten indecent images of children – two at category B and eight at category C.

Maxwell admitted three offences of attempting to engage in sexual activity with a child; three of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child; two of attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act; and two of making indecent photographs of a child.

Jailing Maxwell for three-and-a-half years, Judge Mark Bury told him some of his comments to the girls were “toe-curlingly revolting”. “You were saying you were turned on by images of a father raping his three-year-old daughter,” he said.

Maxwell must register as a sex offender for life and was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for life.

November 2018

Pervert pleads guilty to string of online grooming offences

A pervert has appeared in court to plead guilty to a sting of online grooming offences after he was caught by a paedophile hunting team

John David Maxwell, 30 of Hull appeared at Hull Crown Court on 23/11/18 where he pleaded guilty to the following charges:

  • Two counts of an adult attempting to engage in sexual activity with a child

  • Five counts of attempt to cause/incite a girl aged 13 – 15 to engage in sexual activity – Penetration

  • Three counts of an adult attempting to meet a girl aged under 16 years following sexual grooming

  • Adult attempting to cause a child aged 13 -15 to look at or watch an image of sexual activity

  • Two counts of making indecent images of children

  • Attempting to cause a female child to engage in sexual activity

The court heard that Maxwell was caught in a sting operation carried out by paedophile hunting team ‘Net Justice’

The judge granted Maxwell unconditional bail

Maxwell will be sentenced at Hull Crown Court on December 17