January 2021

Paedophile hunters snare ‘isolated loner’ who tried to meet ’13-year-old girl’

Sex offender Haydn Pinney has been jailed after he was snared by paedophile hunters.

The 35-year-old contacted two decoy 13-year-old girls online before the conversation turned sexual.

He sent a picture and a video of himself performing a sex act and asked the ‘girl’ to do the same.

But he was arrested when he went to meet one of them and found her to be a decoy.

Now Pinney – who is already serving a 63-month sentence for sexually assaulting a girl – has been jailed for a further three years and eight months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

Prosecutor Martin Liddiard said the defendant was snared by paedophile hunters after he contacted two decoys online over a two-week period in late January and early February 2019.

Mr Liddiard said: “He was told straight away he was talking to a 13-year-old.

“The defendant discussed kissing and sexual activity. He told the decoy to perform a sex act.

“He arranged to meet the decoy and was arrested on February 4, 2019 when he travelled to meet her.”

The second decoy was another fake profile of a 13-year-old girl.

Mr Liddiard said the conversation was again initially harmless until the defendant told the decoy he wanted to be in bed with her. He also sent a sexual picture of himself.

Pinney, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to two offences of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child; attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming; attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity; and two charges of attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act.

The court heard Pinney was jailed for 63 months at Taunton Crown Court in August 2019 for sexually assaulting a female under 13 and two charges of sexual activity with a female under 16.

Judge David Fletcher said: “This offending took place over a period of about two weeks.

“You contacted two girls who you believed were 13 years of age. You were in your early thirties.”

Pinney was made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) until further order and remains on the sex offenders’ register for life.

July 2020

Pervert pleads guilty to sex offences

A 34-year-old man has pleaded guilty to a series of sex offences.

Haydn Pinney entered his pleas via videolink at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

He is charged with two offences of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child, along with attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.

Pinney also admitted attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity and two charges of attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act.

The offences all took place between January 25 and February 4, 2019.

The defendant, of no fixed address, will be sentenced at a later date. He remains in custody in the meantime.