Friday, September 20, 2013

Paedophile caught by 'Letzgo Hunting' internet vigilantes is jailed

Jailed: James Stone was sentenced
to eight years in prison
A pub manager who had sex with a girl of 15 after grooming her over the internet was caught when he boasted about what he had done to a controversial group of paedophile hunters.

The schoolgirl’s worried mother contacted Letzgo Hunting, which tracks down and confronts suspected sexual predators, after learning her daughter may have been targeted.

The group set up two fake profiles on Facebook pretending to be girls aged 14 and 15, and engaged James Stone, 24, in web chats.

And when he confessed to one of the decoys that he’d had sex with the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, the group confronted him in the pub where he worked before telling her mother to call the police.

Stone was jailed for eight years at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday after admitting grooming, sexual activity with a child, possessing and distributing indecent images of a child and possessing extreme pornography.

Letzgo Hunting’s vigilante tactics of luring out then confronting suspected abusers have earned it praise from parents — but criticism from the police and NSPCC.  (more...)

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