December 2020

pervert caught by paedophile hunters has been jailed

A man caught by paedophile hunters has been jailed for more than seven years

Ryan Hatton, 35, of Springfield Crescent in Madeley, Telford, was caught by the group after he thought he was speaking to a 12-year-old girl online.

He was arrested and an investigation was launched by Telford CID.

During the team’s investigation officers found he had also been communicating with a real 14-year-old girl who he had groomed.

At Shrewsbury Crown Court yesterday he was sentenced to seven years and three months in jail.

He will also be subject to an additional two years and nine months on licence.

Hatton had pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual activity with a child, arranging or facilitating commission of a child sex offence, and attempted causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.