February 2019

Bristol man who tried to groom girl for sex got a big surprise

A shock was in store for an Arnos Vale man groomed “Chloe, aged 14” for sex online.

Alexander Coates was actually sending sexually suggestive messages to a paedophile hunter.

The 20-year-old, of Upper Street, pleaded guilty to attempting to incite a child aged under-16 to engage in sexual activity between December 14 and 24 last year.

He also admitted attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.

Coates entered guilty pleas to the charges on February, 27 and was due to be sentenced at Bristol Crown Court.

But Richard Posner, prosecuting, told the court: “The officer-in-charge of the case has attended.

“He informs me that having looked at a mobile phone there may be more material he needs to appreciate.”

Mr Posner said, however, that no further charges were likely to follow in the case.

Judge James Townsend adjourned the case for sentence on March 8.

He bailed Coates on condition he does not contact youngsters aged under 16 via social media and co-operates with a report on him.

Coates was also told to register as sex offender and informed he would be barred from working with children and vulnerable adults.