October 2020

Convicted paedophile handed extended sentence

A convicted paedophile has been handed an extended sentence after committing a string of new sexual offences 

At the hearing on 22nd October, 2020 at Salisbury Crown Court, David Anthony Symonds pleaded guilty to the following charges:

  • Six counts of attempting sexual communication with a child

  • One count of attempting to cause a child to watch an image of sexual activity

The court was told that Symonds was released from a 22 month prison sentence last year, after he was caught by a paedophile hunting team in 2018.

Within three months of his release, Symonds travelled to various beaches where he exposed himself to children.  

Although Symonds – who openly admitted that he is sexually attracted to children – should of had his internet activity monitored by the police, he began friend requesting young girls from all over the UK.

Once added, unemployed Symonds sent sexually explicit chat with the clear intent of engaging each child into sexual activity. 

Symonds sent the girls around 40 photos in which his penis could been seen. 

The pervert was finally exposed after various paedophile hunting teams realised they all had the same offender and Symonds was arrested. It was during the police investigation that found Symonds had been bragging online about his previous offending. 

Symonds was sentenced as follows:

  • An extended sentence of 6 years comprising a custodial term of 3 years and an extension period of 3 years

  • Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) Indefinitely.

  • Forfeiture of all computer equipment seized by police.

  • Judge ordered defendant may be placed on Barring List by the Disclosure and Barring Service Defendant ordered to sign Sex Offender’s Register indefinitely.

  • To Pay a Victim Surcharge of £190.00

November 2018

Pervert caught by paedophile hunting team

A pervert caught grooming what he believed were young girls online inlcuding one who was 12-years-old has been jailed

David Symonds of Durrington appeared at court where he admitted several offences relating to sexual offences against children.

The court was told that Symonds contacted several online profiles of who he believed belonged to young girls. He sent a string of sexual messages with the intent of engaging in sexual activity with the child.

At one point, he exposed himself on WhatsApp during a live call, to who he believed was a 12 year old girl

However, none of the girls existed and instead were decoys from various paedophile hunting teams, including: JFTI Scottish Division and Cobra

Justice for the innocent carried out the sting operation on Symonds, and questioned him over his internet activity. The police were called and he was swiftly arrested.

The judge handed Symonds 22 months imprisonment and placed him on the sex offenders register

Decoys with logs involved in this sting opeartion: Natasha decoy, Kate decoy, Meg decoy, Lynne decoy, Chelsea decoy, Kerry and Amanda from JFTI Scottish Division, Izzy from Cobra.