August 2020

Pervert thought he was chatting to young girls online but really it was paedophile hunters

A predatory paedophile thought he was chatting up two young girls in sexually-charged messages online and called them both “princess”.

But the 12-year-old girls he was keen to ensnare into sexual antics did not actually exist and, in reality, he was being slowly reeled in by specialist investigators.

To trap him, the paedophile hunters told him that one of the girls was under-age but he brazenly replied: “That’s okay with me.”

Dean Bramley, 28, of Stanley Street, Grimsby, admitted attempting to cause a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and attempting to communicate sexually with a child.

He also admitted possessing and distributing indecent images of children.

Andrew Bailey, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that an online paedophile hunters group set up a fake online profile of a 12-year-old girl and Bramley sent a message to the non-existent girl in May last year.

He told her that she was attractive and they spoke via WhatsApp.

He asked for her picture and, when she said that she was only 12, he replied: “That’s okay with me.”

Bramley called her “princess” and they talked about sexual matters.

He asked her to send underwear pictures, sent an intimate picture of himself and asked her to perform sexual acts.

Bramley also had online sexual conversations with another non-existent girl in May 2018 and also called her “princess”.

He asked about her underwear and to send him intimate pictures. He told her about a naked picture: “Oh my God, baby.”

Bramley also exchanged indecent images of boys with another man.

He had a conviction in December 2005 for sexual activity with a boy.

Judge John Thackray QC told Bramley: “Your offending involves a catalogue of offences. You intended there to be two victims aged 12.

“There was, in fact, no harm. The victims were fictitious. There are no actual victims.”

Bramley was jailed for five years and was given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order. He must register as a sex offender indefinitely.