December 2017

Paedophile, 31, went on holiday with 15-year-old girl and family after convincing them he was a teenager

A 31-year-old pervert who went on holiday with a 15-year-old girl and her family after grooming her online and convincing them he was a teenager has been jailed for six years.

Clinton Stothard tricked the girl’s family into thinking he was her 19-year-old boyfriend.

Stothard, from Barnsley, South Yorkshire also targeted a number of other girls online and encouraged them to send sexually explicit photos to him.

One of his victims, a 14-year-old from Bristol, exchanged more than 3,000 calls and texts with him during a two-week period.

Sentencing Stothard at Sheffield Crown Court last week, the judge described him as “every parent’s worst nightmare” and “a shark swimming in the waters of the internet… preying on children”.

Stothard previously pleaded guilty to a total of 18 charges relating to 39 offences against four children

 In addition to being jailed for six years, Stothard will also be subject to an extended period on licence for 12 months and a sexual harm prevention order which will prevent him from living with any person under 18 and allowing police to monitor his internet use.

Avon and Somerset Police identified Stothard after Barnardos raised concerns about his contact with a vulnerable girl in Bristol

Following his arrest officers examined several of his electronic devices which revealed the extent of his offending.

The investigation also led to the arrest of another man who has since been jailed for four years for child sex offences.

Owen Hall, 26, of Hartcliffe, Bristol groomed the same 14-year-old Bristol girl targeted by Stothard and incited her to engage in sexual activity.