Pervert snared in Devon paedophile sting operation
A chatroom sex predator from Devon blamed lockdown isolation after he was trapped by paedophile hunters who caught him sending sex messages to a 14-year-old girl.
Kevin Jarratt used the Randochat app to contact what he believed was an under age girl called Bella but was in fact an adult posing as a child.
He sent two pictures of his erect penis to the girl, asked for intimate images in return, and offered to teach her how to masturbate.
He was trapped by a paedophile hunting group called SGTI which called in the Devon based groups Totnes Justice and UK Database to confront him at his home in Ilfracombe.
He used the alias Beauty and the Darkness on Randochat and carried on sending sex messages to Bella even after she reminded him she was only 14.
He boasted about having sex with under age children and wrote explicit messages. He sent two images of himself and offered to send a video.
Defence lawyer Miss Legiea Girard blamed social isolation during the Covid lockdown for Jarrett’s behaviour, which started on March 28 and carried on until his arrest on June 20.
Jarratt, aged 58, of Cambridge Grove, Ilfracombe, admitted attempting to incite a child to sexual activity and was ordered to attend a 34-session sex offenders treatment course with ten days of rehabilitation activities
Ilfracombe man guilty of decoy girl sex grooming
An 58-year-old Ilfracombe man will be sentenced by a judge after admitting attempting to incite a 14-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity.
Kevin William Jarratt, of Cambridge Grove, appeared before magistrates in Exeter on Monday.
The case involves a paedophile hunter sting operation which included teams UK database, SGTI and Totnes Justice.
The sting was carried out on Sunday which saw Jarratts house searched and a number of items taken as evidence
Jarratt faced a single charge that between March 28 and March 20 he intentionally attempted to cause or incite a girl aged 14 to engage in sexual activity by sending her explicit images and requesting her to send indecent images back.
The defendant pleaded guilty. He was told to sign the sex offenders’ register.
Magistrates committed the case to Exeter Crown Court for sentence on July 20.