A “dangerous” 40-year-old man has been locked up after being caught by online paedophile hunters.
Jason Bamford, of Birkin Avenue, pleaded guilty to multiple child exploitation offences when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on August 8.
Bamford had contacted a 15-year-old girl on Facebook while pretending to be a boy of the same age.
The girl told him she was 15 and they continued to talk on social media, before eventually arranging to meet in Nottingham in December last year.
The girl took her friends with her, an act which disturbed Bamford and caused him to threaten her friends that his dog would bite them if they got too close.
One of the girl’s relatives later discovered sexual messages on her mobile phone, where Bamford was encouraging the girl to meet again at his flat and come on her own.
It was reported to police who seized the mobile phone.
An investigation found the Facebook account which was used to send the messages belonged to Bamford and he was arrested.
While on police bail, he continued to offend – but it was here that he was apprehended by paedophile hunting team ‘Keeping Kids Safe’
Bamford had started to speak to a person online who he believed to be a 13-year-old girl in June – but it was a decoy profile which had been set up by an “online child abuse activist group”.
He arranged a meeting in Nottingham after sending messages of a sexual nature to the profile, but he was confronted and detained by the activists who called the police.
He was arrested by the officers and was jailed for three years after admitting the offences.
Bamford was handed a 10-year sexual harm prevention order and he must also sign the sex offenders’ register for life.
He pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual activity with a girl, sexual communication with a child, attempting to meet a child with intent to engage in sexual activity and attempting to engage in sexual activity with a child.