August 2017

Pervert jailed after Newport train station sting

A paedophile who travelled from London to south Wales has been jailed for three years.

Adrian Simut, 35, from South London travelled to Newport train station, where he thought he was meeting a 14-year-old girl called Sam.

But he was confronted by online child protection team ‘Petronus’ and later arrested, Newport Crown Court was told.

He admitted attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and meeting a child after online grooming.

He also pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act.

The court heard Simut started messaging the teenager in an online chat room in June, saying she looked “cute and beautiful”.

But she was in fact an adult belonging to a group called Petronus

The operation was captured on film by the BBC Wales Week In Week Out programme, which investigated the role of paedophile hunters in Wales.

The court heard that Romanian national Simut arranged to meet “Sam” in Newport and suggested she bring a friend for sexual activity.

Sentencing him, Judge Michael Fitton QC said: “You were the subject of an exchange conducted by those who are looking to attract paedophiles.”

He was also made the subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.