October 2020

Chesterfield paedophile snared by online paedo hunters

A Derbyshire pervert had his confrontation with paedophile hunters live streamed over the internet.

Derby Crown Court heard how David Holford-Lodge had sent a photograph of his private parts online to underage girls.

But the three teenagers were really decoys set-up by the group “Original Team Hunters 25/8” who confronted the 31-year-old and filmed it live over Facebook.

Holford-Lodge, of Clarendon Road, Inkersall, Chesterfield, pleaded guilty to three counts of intentionally communicating with an underage girl for the purposes of sexual gratification.

He also admitted to one count of attempting to cause or incite a 14-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity.

And he pleaded guilty to three counts of attempting to cause or incite a girl aged 15 to engage in sexual activity.

Judge Shaun Smith QC handed him an eight-month jail term, suspended for two years.

He also ordered him to attend 30 rehabilitation sessions with the probation service and to carry out 150 hours unpaid work.

And he handed Holford-Lodge a 10-year sexual harm prevention order and placed him on the sex offender register for 10 years.