April 2019

Man caught by paedophile hunting team

A Cumbrian man has admitted serious online child sex offences after they he was exposed by voluntary paedophile hunter groups.

Michael Chapman, 23, of Troutbeck, Penrith was arrested on Saturday.

Already a convicted of sex offender, he pleaded guilty to two allegations: attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child; and breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

He was caught thanks to the intervention of the Child Online Safety Team, who deployed a decoy child to prove that he was using the internet to find children so he could communicate sexually with them.

He too was remanded in custody after the court heard that 12,000 people had seen the group’s sting video, capturing the moment when he was confronted by his sickening crimes.

Both men, whose cases are not connected, will be sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court on May 17.