August 2017

Hemsby man, 36, who arranged to meet girl, 15, was caught by paeophile hunters, court told

A man who was exposed in a sting by vigilante paedophile hunters will be sentenced next month.

Before Ipswich Crown Court was Jason Westrop, 36, of Kings Court, Hemsby, who admitted arranging or facilitating a child sex offence on October 31 last year and attempting to meet a 15-year-old girl, not reasonably believing she was over 16, following sexual grooming between October 28 and November 1 last year.

Michael Crimp, prosecuting, said the charges arose out of a vigilante type case involving someone he believed to be a 15-year-old girl.

“What was envisaged was penetrative sex,” said Mr Crimp.

Judge John Devaux adjourned sentence until September 25 for a pre-sentence report and warned Westrop he was not binding himself to any particular type of sentence.

He ordered Westrop to sign the sex offenders’ register on an interim basis.