Update: Shimmin was handed a two year suspended sentence and was ordered to pay court costs

December 2020

Pervert caught by paedophile hunters

A 55-year-old man has admitted sending naked photos to what he believed was a 12-year-old girl.

Andrew John Shimmin of Viking Road, Douglas, Isle of Man was caught in a sting operation by paedophile hunters who were posing online as the young girl.

Shimmin told the ‘girl’ she was gorgeous and said he wanted to kiss her after sending her three pictures of his penis.

He will be sentenced on December 15th, but the court was told that he could not be sent to prison for the offences.

Prosecution said that a fake profile for the 12-year-old girl was set-up on Facebook by a group called Elite Solo Decoys.

On August 10th, Shimmin made contact with the fake profile and started a a Facebook messenger chat. 

He asked how old the girl was and she replied 12-years-old.

During the Facedbook conversation, he asked the ‘girl’ to exchange photos with him.

The paedophile hunters contacted police and handed over their evidence. However, the police told the team that due to current laws on the Isle of Man, Shimmin would not be arrested even though he posed a danger to children.

The team who were shocked at the inaction of the police decided to expose Shimmins online activity and publically shared the chatlog on Facebook.

Due to a public outcry, police on the island were forced to investigate.

Devices at his home were siezed and analysed. 

Police discovered that he had contacted several underage girls before and after being exposed. 

His living room was identifed as the location where the penis photos were taken. And his phone showed a history of the complete Facebook conversation, including penis pictures. 

When interviewed, Shimmin told police he lived with his wife, but they were not in a relationship.

He said he befriended females on Facebook but spoke only adults and swopped photos with them

He claimed he could not remember speaking to a 12-year-old girl and when shown a picture of the girl, he said ‘she looked about 13’

Shimmin has shown no remorse for his actions 

Shimmin pleaded guilty to an offence of sending an indecent message by telecommunications

High Baliff Jayne Hughes said the offences were not imprisonable 

Bail was granted in the sum of £500 with conditions that Shimmin live at his home address and not leave the island without court consent. 


The courthouse in Douglas on the Isle of Man has recently seen protests due to far too lenient sentences being handed down to those that abuse children. 

In September, Charles Cover, 66 was jailed following an appeal after he sexually assaulted a young girl as she slept.