November 2018

Dartmouth man caught by paedophile hunters

A South Hams man who admitted trying to groom children online has avoided a prison sentence

Aaron Soper, of Dartmouth was confronted by members of a group who call themselves Justice for the Innocent and UK database after he engaged in sexualised online chats with what he thought were real children.

He carried on sending sexual messages even though the decoys repeatedly stated they were aged just 14 or 15.

In fact the two girls and three boys were all decoys created by a different group called The Wolfpack Hunters, who are based in Scotland.

Wolfpack Hunters contacted a member of Torquay based ‘Justice for the Innocent’ and the Exeter based group ‘UK Database’ and passed on their chatlogs so the teams could ‘sting’ Soper

Both Devon teams confronted Soper in Dartmouth as he made his way to work. The teams questioned Soper on his internet activity

The teams rang the police, who arrived and swiftly arrested Soper on grooming charges.

A member of Sopers family and a friend also arrived after watching the ‘live sting’ on Facebook and began to harass the hunting teams

Soper, 29, of Duke Street, Dartmouth, admitted four counts of attempted sexual communication with a child and one of attempting to incite a child to watch sexual activity.

  • Soper was handed a three year community order

  • He was told to complete 100 hours of unpaid work

  • The judge told Soper that he must adhere to a five year sexual harm prevention order

  • Soper will be required to register as a sex offender for five years