January 2020

Devon sex offender jailed after sting by paedophile hunter group

A sex offender who defied a ban on contacting children over the internet has been jailed after he was caught by a group of paedophile hunters.

Daniel Keenor used a false name on a chat site where he started communicating with what he thought was a 14-year-old girl but was in fact a decoy profile.

The girl, who called herself Chloe, was in fact an adult working with an internet monitoring group called Angels of Innocence.

He asked Chloe to touch herself and send pictures of herself in her school uniform, but none were sent. He also wrote messages about how he wanted to have sex with her, despite being told repeatedly she was only 14.

The group were unable to trace Keenor, who was using the false name of Dan Baker, but trapped him by posing as an adult woman who wanted to date him.

They arranged a meeting at the Old Smokey House pub in Paignton but he was intercepted in the car park and a 50 minute film of him being confronted by the allegations was later posted on Facebook.

The police were called and identified him as being a known sex offender.

Keenor has two previous convictions for downloading images of child abuse from the internet and was subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO), which forbade any online contact with anyone he believed to be under 16.

He has already been jailed once for breaking the SHPO in 2015 and completed a probation run sex offenders treatment programme after his release.

Keenor, aged 43, of Rosemary Gardens, Paignton, admitted breach of a SHPO and attempted sexual communications with a child and was jailed for two years and two months by Judge Peter Johnson at Exeter Crown Court.

The judge made a new, tighter, SHPO which will run for ten years. It prohibits contact with children and enables the police to monitor his future use of the internet.

He told him: “You sought to satisfy what are clearly paedophile interests and having entered a chat room, you repeatedly communicated with what you thought was a 14-year-old girl.

“You sent her lurid messages inviting her to perform all sorts of acts and indicating the sexual activity you would like to engage in with her.

“I have little confidence you would comply fully with a sentence in the community. It is clear that you have essentially been able to pull the wool over the eyes of the authorities so as not to arouse suspicion.

“You would delete the chat room app before visits by the police so you were not caught communicating on it.”

Mr Michael Brown, prosecuting, said Keenor was convicted of downloading images in 2013 and 2015, when he was jailed for doing so in breach of a SHPO.

He was arrested in October last year after a sting operation by the internet paedophile hunting groups Team Impact and Angels of Innocence.

They had set up a fake profile on the chat site Waplog in the name of an imaginary child called Chloe, which he contacted using the false name of Dan Baker. They used an adult decoy to arrange a meeting.