A pervy pensioner caught by paedophile hunters engaging in internet sex chats with who he believed to be 12 and 13-year-old girls has been sent to prison.
John Franklyn Williams, 71, of Leskinnick Place in Penzance, was door-knocked by members of the group Hunters 24/7 who had travelled nearly 350 miles to question him after conversations with their decoy profiles.
Williams went on trial at Truro Crown Court on Monday charged with two counts of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and two of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child charges.
Following a short period of deliberation a jury rubbished Williams’ account that he knew all along they were paedophile hunters and was playing along to call them out, convicting him of all four charges.
Prosecuting the case, Paul Grumbar said: “On September 22, 2017, police received a call asking them to attend a property in Penzance.
“When police arrived they were met by a man wearing a jumper which had Hunters 24/7 written on it.
“The people at the address were members of a paedophile hunters group who explained to the officers that female adults had been communicating with the defendant over the internet pretending to be young girls and that the defendant engaged with them with sexually explicit messages.
“They explained that they were filming a live stream of their interactions with the defendant. The defendant was then arrested on suspicion of child grooming offences and taken to the police station.
“The messages between the defendant and the two decoys was retrieved and it is clear and obvious that he was obtaining sexual gratification from them.”
During the trial the jury was then showed the Hunters 24/7 video in which they explain to Williams that they’ve travelled 347 miles to see him and that he was talking to decoys he believed to be real girls aged 12 and 13.
The hunters describe that Williams told the decoys that he wanted to have sex with them, asking what difference age makes.
He also nicknamed his penis and the girls’ genitals during chats and asked them questions about their underwear, urging them to send him pictures and videos.