Telford bookie in child-grooming case is spared prison
A 51-year-old bookmaker and former solicitor from Telford who was caught in a sting operation while attempting to meet a 13-year-old girl he had groomed over the internet has been spared a jail sentence.
Martin Currier had believed he was meeting teenager “Jodie” on May 1, 2013, but was instead confronted by Stinson Hunter, a self-styled, paedophile-hunting vigilante, who reported him to the police.
Currier had told his trial he believed “Jodie” to have been seeking his help and he had been trying to boost her confidence. He claimed he had no intention of doing anything sexual when he agreed to the meeting.
But Currier, of St Marks Drive, Wellington, was convicted of one charge of “attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming”.