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.