June 2021

Lorry driver set up Grindr date with boy “aged 14” at Derbyshire McDonald’s

A lorry driver told a paedophile hunter he believed to be a 14-year-old boy he met on gay dating app Grindr to “brush his teeth” before meeting for sex at a Derbyshire McDonald’s.

David Rees, 37, – who went by the name “Kinky Top” on the app – told an online decoy named “Kai” that “oral sex with another male would not hurt”.

Derby Crown Court heard how on January 10 last year Rees was waiting for the teen in his lorry near McDonald’s in Alfreton when he was met by police and arrested.

Prosecutor Jeremy Janes described how Rees used Grindr to meet up with other gay men “on a casual basis”.

However during an online conversation when Kai told Reece he was 14 Rees was “not deterred by this”.

Mr Janes told how during one message the defendant made references to “sucking a lollipop” and told the decoy to “brush his teeth and tongue well”.

The prosecutor said Rees claimed he was aware the Grindr profile was false and intended to meet the boy to “send him on his way with some wise advice”.

However Mr Janes said this did not explain the fact that Rees had already admitted a charge attempting to meet a boy under 16 years of age following grooming.

Suspending a 15-month jail term for two years Recorder Balraj Bhatia QC told Rees, of Solva, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, his offence was “a very serious one”.

He said: “You know what you did – you went on the internet, you pursued it and you pursued it over a relatively short period of time but it was with a view to meeting someone of tender years.

“It’s plain that sexual grooming had taken place because of the conversations you had with someone you believed was called Kai.

Rees was also given 55 rehabilitation activity days, 150 hours’ unpaid work, made subject to police monitoring, a 10-year sexual harm prevention order and ordered to pay £500 court costs.

April 2021

Pervert travelled from Wales to meet teenage boy he groomed

A pervert travelled from his home in South Wales to meet a 14-year-old Derbyshire boy he had attempted to groom over the internet for sex.

But when David Rees arrived in Alfreton, “Kai”, the teenager he thought he was there to see, was really a group of self-styled paedophile hunters.

The 37-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming when he appeared over a link from his home into Derby Crown Court.

He denied a further count of attempting to communicate with a child for the purposes of sexual gratification which prosecutor Jonathan Dee asked to lie on file.

Few details of the actual offence were revealed during the short hearing except that it took place on January 10 and Judge Shaun Smith QC adjourned his sentencing hearing until May 25.

He told Rees, whose address was given as Middle Hill to Junction U3025, Solva, near Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire: “You will need to be here in person at this court and I am going to ask for a pre-sentence report.

“Just because I am it is no indication what will happen to you. Custody is an option.”

Judge Smith handed the defendant conditional bail until then.