Sex offender caught by undercover police officers

A documentary has captured an undercover policing team catching a paedophile in Basildon.

Undercover Policing: Hunting Paedophiles concluded on Channel 4 last night, documenting the lead up to the arrest of Denis Sweeney at Basildon Bus Station.

Sweeney, aged 40 at the time from Church Road, Basildon, had been talking to what he thought was a 14-year-old boy on the dating app Grindr.

However, the “boy” was in fact an undercover police officer, trying to protect other young people from men like Sweeney from exploitation.

Sweeney was confronted by police in 2019 after sexualised messages were sent by him to the child, and calling the user, named “Oli”, a “naughty boy” for being on there.

Sweeney was sentenced in December 2019 and was given a community order due to him already serving time on remand.