September 2019

Pervert caught by paedophile hunting team

A pervert who believed he was grooming a 12 year old girl for sex has been jailed after he was caught in a paedophile hunting team investigation

Vincent Howard Allen, 59 of Lincoln appeared at Lincoln Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to:

  • Attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child

  • Attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act

The court was told that Painter and decorator Allen had contacted the online profile of someone he believed was a 12 year old girl

He sent highly sexualised messages and naked photos and masturbation videos in a clear bid to groom the child for sexual activity.

However, the ‘girl’s’ profile had been set up by the  Action 4 Kids Northwest (A4K) group who pose online to catch paedophiles and which was being operated by an adult member of the group called Angela Hunts

Another team called the Guardian Angels (TGA) confronted Allen and questioned him on his internet activity. The police were called and all evidence was handed to the police who in turn arrested Allen for online grooming offences

The judge handed Allen eight months imprisonment

He must sign on the sex offenders register for 10 years and a sexual harm prevention order for five years was also imposed