March 2019

Man jailed for ‘inciting gross indecency’ with a child

A man has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for attempting to incite gross indecency with a child in Guernsey.

52-year-old Mike Pepperell used a dating app to sent explicit messages to who he thought was a 14-year-old boy.

Pepperell was messaging the boy through Grindr – a social media network aimed at gay, bisexual and transgender people.

During the course of their conversation the boy told Pepperell he was 14, but the man carried on messaging him, with graphic details of sexual acts before encouraging him to travel from Jersey to Guernsey so they could meet up.

He sent the ‘child’ screenshots of the Condor Ferries’ website and told him; “let me know when you’re coming and I’ll meet you.” When the boy said he’d not booked ferry tickets before, Pepperell told him; “get somebody to help you or go into the condor office.”

Pepperell admitted to sending pictures of his penis to the boy who turned out to be a paedophile hunter from Jersey

In a case that’s the first of its kind in the Bailiwick, Mr Pepperell’s messages were sent to Jersey-based paedophile hunter Cheyenne O’Connor, who was posing as the teenager.

The explicit content of the messages was described as ‘deplorable’ by Judge Russel Finch.

He said that despite no prior convictions and his “good character”, Mr Pepperell clearly attempted to encourage a young boy to come to Guernsey to engage in sexual activity.

He’s been sentenced to 10 months in prison with an extended two-year license after release.