May 2019

Builder jailed after being caught by paedophile hunter posing as 12-year-old girl

A builder who had sexually explicit online chats with a paedophile hunter posing as a 12-year-old girl has been jailed for 30 months.

Over a period of a month Michael Holton had a number exchanges with “Lucy” in which he discussed having sex and meeting her in a hotel, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Sentencing 37-year-old Holton, Judge Martyn Levett said: “It’s clear from the conversation in chat logs that your contact was undoubtedly persistent and rapidly became sexualised.”

He said that a Facebook account with a picture of “Lucy” had been specifically set up by a member of a group set up to expose adults seeking to have sex with children.

The person who set up the account had handed police a file containing chat logs in which Holton had suggested meeting “Lucy” at a hotel.

Although Holton had proposed meeting “Lucy” at a hotel for sex no definite arrangement was made and Holton was arrested after he turned up at Mill Hotel in Sudbury on December 29 thinking he was going to meet a woman in her twenties called “Gemma” who didn’t exist.

Holton, of no fixed adresss, admitted attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and attempting to cause or incite a girl under 13 years of age in sexual activity.

In addition to being jailed he was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.