March 2019

Man jailed for ‘inciting gross indecency’ with a child

A man has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for attempting to incite gross indecency with a child in Guernsey.

52-year-old Mike Pepperell used a dating app to sent explicit messages to who he thought was a 14-year-old boy.

In a case that’s the first of its kind in the Bailiwick, Mr Pepperell’s messages were sent to Jersey-based paedophile hunter Cheyenne O’Connor, who was posing as the teenager.

The explicit content of the messages was described as ‘deplorable’ by Judge Russel Finch.

He said that despite no prior convictions and his “good character”, Mr Pepperell clearly attempted to encourage a young boy to come to Guernsey to engage in sexual activity.

He’s been sentenced to 10 months in prison with an extended two-year license after release.