Repeat sex offender remanded after paedophile hunter sting

An already convicted paedophile that groomed who he believed was a schoolgirl online has been remanded inprison after he was caught in a paedophile hunting sting

Paul Fletcher, 61 of Derbyshire appeared at court where he was sentenced for online child grooming offences and breaching a previous sexual harm prevention order

The court was told that Fletcher had recently been released from a 10 month prison sentence after grooming what he believed was a number of young girls aged 12 – 14 years old.

However, the girls did not exist and were infact members of a paedophile hunting team who confronted him in December 2017.

Fletcher was jailed for those offences and released in July 2018 with a strict court order forbidding him to contact any child aged under 16 

However, within weeks, Fletcher returned to social media and contacted a young girl online. He sent sexually explicit messages with the intent of meeting the child for sexual activity. 

But, as before, Fletcher found himself confronted by a paedophile hunting team who revealed that he had been caught in a sting designed to catch sexual predators who target children online

Fletcher was remanded to prison awaiting sentence