June 2013

Police fear there are more victims of Facebook sex attacker from Exeter

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Police believe there may be more victims of jailed sexual predator Tony Bradbury that have yet to come forward.

The 41-year-old from Whitchurch Avenue in Exeter was sentenced to three years and 10 months in custody at Exeter Crown Court earlier today.

He pleaded guilty to offences of sexual contact with a child and attempted grooming. He arranged to meet a 13-year-old for sex after grooming her on the internet in Exeter on 12 December 2012.

He was eventually snared by police during a covert operation when a female officer, posing as a teenage schoolgirl, contacted him on Facebook.

Following the sentencing Det Sgt Brian Slade from the force’s child exploitation unit said: “Tony Bradbury has today been sentenced for offences including sexual activity with children, grooming of children and possessing and distributing pictures of child abuse

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Bradbury pictured above in police custody

“This has been a complicated and extensive enquiry. It has uncovered a number of children who are victims of Bradbury. This investigation demonstrates our commitment to find and convict those who are targeting both girls and boys on the internet. Bradbury used the internet to groom children and sexually abuse them online, he then went on to meet children and abuse them in person.

“We believe there may be other victims of Bradbury and we would encourage those who may have been a victim of abuse to come forward.”

At a previous court hearing the police revealed how Bradbury was trapped by the fake Facebook account.

He immediately took the bait and engaged in sexualised conversations with the “girl” called Holly James.

A court heard Bradbury told her he wanted to “take off her clothes and give her a massage”.

He later arranged to meet the girl at Exeter’s main railway station and when he got there police arrested him.

They searched his home and found indecent images of seven different girls and hundreds of other pornographic images.

On his digital camera they found photos of a 15-year-old girl posing in underwear and exposing her breasts and private parts.

Bradbury, from Exeter, asked girls on social networking sites to send him sexy photos of themselves showing off their breasts and asked one girl to strip and perform sex acts on herself, said prosecutor Edward Hetherington.

He admitted 22 sex-related charges, including sexual activity with a child, possessing and distributing indecent images, and inciting pornography.

Bradbury, who has no previous convictions, also admitted attempting to meet a 13-year-old for sex after grooming her on the internet.

Exeter Crown Court heard that Bradbury had become known to the police, who launched the covert operation to snare him.

April 2013

Fake Facebook account trapped Exeter sex fiend

POLICE trapped a sex fiend after a policewoman set up a Facebook account posing as a teenage schoolgirl.

They snared pervert taxi driver Tony Bradbury, from Exeter, who immediately took the bait and engaged in sexualised conversations with the “girl” called Holly James.

A court heard Bradbury, 41, told her he wanted to “take off her clothes and give her a massage”.

He later arranged to meet the girl at Exeter’s main railway station and when he got there police arrested him.

They searched his home and found indecent images of seven different girls and hundreds of other pornographic images.

On his digital camera they found photos of a 15-year-old girl posing in underwear and exposing her breasts and private parts.

Bradbury, from Exeter, asked girls on social networking sites to send him sexy photos of themselves showing off their breasts and asked one girl to strip and perform sex acts on herself, said prosecutor Edward Hetherington.

He admitted 22 sex-related charges, including sexual activity with a child, possessing and distributing indecent images, and inciting pornography.

Bradbury, who has no previous convictions, also admitted attempting to meet a 13-year-old for sex after grooming her on the internet.

Exeter Crown Court heard that Bradbury had become known to the police, who launched a covert operation to snare him.

Judge Erik Salomonsen said he needed to know “what lies behind his sexual offending” before he could sentence him.

“He had a 15-year-old naked in his bedroom,” he said.

“He had sexual activity on more than one occasion with a child. It is a course of conduct which gives me real cause for concern over harm in the future.

“He came to the attention of the police. The police were aware of his activities before that operation with Holly James was in place. The police rightly have considerable concerns about him.”

The judge ordered a probation report and remanded Bradbury in custody until he is sentenced at a later date.