March 2021

Pervert caught by paedophile hunting team

A Bridlington paedophile was caught by an online paedo hunting group who posed as young girls.

Nigel Smith, 50, of Cardigan Road, sent pictures of his penis and asked three ‘girls’ for sex, who who were in fact adult women pretending to be 12 and 13-year-olds.

Hull Crown Court heard that vile Smith carried out his crimes between October and November 2019 and even suggested meeting up at Beverley train station with one of the ‘girls’ and said they could pretend she was his daughter.

Sick Smith also encouraged the ‘girls’ to masturbate and said that one of them could become a “porn star”.

Prosecutor Michele Stuart-Lofthouse told the court Smith had pleaded guilty to three charges of attempting to engage in sexual communications with children.

“The investigation involved three online vigilante groups.

“The first individual involved was [a woman] who set up an alias of a 12-year-old female called Erin on October 25, 2019, using a dating site,” she said.

“On October 27, 2019, she received a message from an account profile of this defendant and the defendant was told that the alias was 12-years-of age and acknowledged this.

“He continued conversation with ‘Erin’ on Whatsapp and during the conversation he asked for ‘naughty, nude photographs’ of Erin and discussed carrying out sexual acts with her and encourages her to masturbate and sent pictures of himself showing his face and his penis.

“He also describes having sex with Erin and not getting her pregnant and discussed meeting up with her, but no meeting was arranged.”

Ms Stuart-Lofthouse then said how two other women from vigilante groups had spoken to Smith online.

One under the guise of 12-year-old ‘Ava’ on November 3, 2019 and 13-year-old Lauren from November 14 to 21, 2019.

Sick Smith spoke to them both on Whatsapp and said he wanted to have sex with them, also sending pictures of his penis to them.

“He said Ava could meet him in Beverley and that he could meet her off the train and if anyone asked, they would just say that she was his daughter,” said Ms Stuart-Lofthouse.

“He sent a pornographic image of two adults having sex and said that once he had finished with her, she would be a porn star.

“The third alias was a ‘Lauren’, created as part of an online vigilante group and was 13-years of age. She told the defendant she was 13-years old.

“The conversation quickly turned sexual and the defendant asked to see Lauren naked and carried on sexual conversations.”

Police arrested Smith and seized his phone and he told them he had ‘just been a bit stupid’ as he was being cautioned.

His Honour Judge Mark Bury said that Smith began the offending after his marriage broke down and he became lonely.

But he ignored pleas for Smith’s sentence to be suspended and jailed him for six months.

“You were in online communication with three people who you thought were young girls,” said Judge Bury.

“No such child existed – each of these profiles was set up by an online vigilante group and so the harm that’s been caused is low because the person you thought you were talking to, you were not.

“But I have to look at the harm you intended and that is much more serious – sending pictures of your penis, encouraging at least one of them to masturbate and asking at least two of them for pictures of themselves.”