February 2021

Leeds pervert caught after car chase live streamed on Facebook

A pervert was arrested after a car chase streamed live on Facebook after he was caught in an online sting by a Leeds paedophile hunting group.

Craig Clayton turned up at Golden Acre Park in Leeds believing he was going to meet a 14-year-old he had been sending sexual messages to.

Leeds Crown Court heard Clayton had actually been making contact with a decoy Facebook account set up by the Predator Exposure paedophile hunter group.

Conor Quinn, prosecuting, said group members set up a fake account in the name of ‘Becky’ and engaged in conversation with the defendant on Facebook Messenger.

A message was sent to Clayton stating: “I’m 14 years old and I have got up late for school.”

Clayton replied asking the ‘girl’ if she had a boyfriend.

During the conversion 41-year-old Clayton lied about his age, stating that he was aged 30.

He sent a message saying he was too old for her but that she was “gorgeous”.

Clayton also requested naked photographs of the girl and suggested going to her house.

Clayton told the girl she ‘could have had a lad round being f**ked all day’. She said she had never had sex before.

He then suggested taking her for a drive to Yeadon sometime and picking her up in the car that night before asking her what she was going to wear.

The Predator Exposure member sent a photo of ‘Becky’ and he replied: “Wow, sexy.”

Clayton then asked her if she had performed oral sex before and said that if she wore a skirt he would grab her bottom and they might have sex.

‘Becky’ asked if it would hurt and Clayton said they would be gentle before sending naked photos of himself and suggesting she wore a skirt and clean silk knickers.

She said she was nervous and Clayton suggested coming to her house instead, providing her mum was not home.

Arrangements were then made to meet the girl in the car park at Golden Acre Park.

Mr Quinn said Clayton turned up at the park in Bramhope on March 14, 2018, believing he was going to meet the teenager.

Members of the group were waiting in three cars and tried to block him into the car park when he arrived.

Clayton managed to drive off but was followed by the group members who live streamed the pursuit as the defendant drove to his then home in Headingley.

Police were contacted and officers arrested Clayton at his home.

He made full admissions about his offending when he was interviewed.

Clayton was given a two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years.

He was also ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and complete 30 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

The court was told Clayton, now of Chapelfield Lane, Penistone, Barnsley, had to move because he started being harassed by people gathering outside his home.

Sentencing, Recorder David Gordon said: “This wasn’t just in the realms of fiction or theory.

“You actually turned up for a meeting with what you believed to be a 14-year-old girl, intending to have some kind of sexual contact with her.

“There was a long pursuit to the Headingley area which was live streamed on Facebook, a process which the Crown does not approve of, nor does the court.”