November 2019

Pervert covered his face with a scarf as he fled from court

This online predator from Derbyshire engaged in sexualised online chat with a 13-year-old girl, but “Shelly” was really a self-styled paedophile hunter.

Jonathan Richardson of Chesterfield told the teen he was giving her “free education” when he asked her intimate details about what she knew about sex.

The 59-year-old told Shelly she was “naughty” for not telling her mother she was on internet message boards.

But on April 5 the group of online vigilantes, who call themselves The Soloceptors / Soul Survivors, turned up at his address and confronted him.

Handing him a two-year community order, Judge Jason Macadam said: “Right-minded people of an adult age would be revolted at the thought of having such conversations and initiating such conversations.

“I don’t know why you would indulge in this behaviour and I can’t imagine the horror, the harm and the distress your offences have caused your family.

“I have no idea why you even embarked on this and I don’t accept your claim that you did not get sexual gratification for it.

“But I certainly think you need help.”

Sarah Allen, prosecuting, said Richardson started talking online to Shelly in November 2018 and carried on communicating with her until March of this year.

She said during their online chats she told him very quickly she was 13 and their conversations were initially about everyday things.

Miss Allen said soon he started engaging in more sexualised chat with her asking her if she had a boyfriend or drank alcohol.

She said: “He said he was giving her free sex education and he told her not to discuss anything they were talking about with her mother.

“He called her naughty for not telling her mother she was on the (chat) application.”

Miss Allen said during the early part of 2019 Richardson and Shelly carried on talking to each other online but their conversation did not mention anything sexual.

But on April 5 the paedophile hunters went to his address in Walton, Chesterfield.

Miss Allen said: “Due to their behaviour the police had to attend and the defendant was arrested shortly after.

“His wife was screaming and distressed.”

As part of the community order Richardson was ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work and to attend 30 rehabilitation sessions with the probation service.