August 2020

Barry paedophile jailed after Scorpion Hunters UK sting

A paedophile nearly destroyed the life of a completely innocent man after he used his picture and profile to groom a 14-year-old schoolgirl.

Stephen Price, 53, of Barry Road, Barry, had posed as a “younger and more attractive man” on a dating site.

Price found the profile of what he believed was a 14 year old girl called ‘Talia’. He sent a string of sexual messages with the clear intent of engaging the child into sexual activity.

Price began to send ‘Talia’ videos of him performing sex acts on himself as well as pornographic films.

However, the girl did not exist and was instead an adult member of a paedophile hunting group, called Scorpion Hunters UK

Price pleaded guilty to six grooming offences, committed between September 2019 and February.

The judge jailed Price for three years and told him he would have to register as a sex offender for life.