February 2019

Pervert caught by paedophile hunting team

A pervert who attempted to groom what he believed was a child online has avoided a prison sentence

David Hardcastle of Huddersfield appeared at Leeds Crown Court where he admitted:

  • Attempting to meet a child following grooming

  • Sexual communication with a child

The court was told that Hardcastle had contacted the online profile of who he believed belonged to a 14 year old girl. He sent a string of sexually explicit messages before arranging a meet at the train station with the girl, who he requested to wear no underwear.

Hardcastle arrived at the station, but instead of a child, he was greeted by members of a paedophile hunting team who explained who they were.

The team questioned Hardcastle on his internet activity before ringing the police

Hardcastle was arrested at the scene

The judge handed Hardcastle a 10 month prison sentence which was suspended for two years

A ten year sexual harm prevention order was imposed and he was told to register as a sex offender for a period of ten years

Hardcastle was also told to complete a 90 day rehabilitation course