February 2019

Paedophile given caution by police

AN AFTER-SCHOOL supervisor who was filmed by paedophile hunters has been given a POLICE CAUTION

Edward Hartfield, 26, was charged with attempting to groom a child after sending messages to a member of Innocent Voices who was pretending to be a young girl.

He was due to appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court today but the crown prosecution service (CPS) decided to “discontinue” the case at the last minute.

Hartfield was arrested at the Old Steine in Brighton last month.

The 26-year-old was a lunchtime and after-school supervisor at St Luke’s Primary School in Queen’s Park Road, Brighton.

Campaigners against child sex abuse confronted him and posted a video of the encounter on Facebook.

He was not attempting to meet the child, but was instead meeting the group to sell a T-Shirt he had advertised on Ebay.

In the video, Hartfield confirms he works with children on a one-to-one basis.

Hartfield, who has now left Sussex, admitted the offence of engaging in sexual communication with a child. Hartfield previously appeared on a list of the happiest people in Brighton.

Hartfield has received a formal police caution and he will be a registered sex offender for two years.

A record of the case will be on the Police National Computer, and he will be subject to police supervision under the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA)