June 2021

Paedophile hunters catch man who thought he was meeting 13-year-old girl for sex

A father who attempted to meet up with a ’13-year-old girl’ for sex was left ‘humiliated’ as he was instead met with a group of paedophile hunters – who proceeded to live stream their confrontation.

40-year-old Raymond Carpenter had pre-arranged to meet what he thought was a ‘child’ at Piccadilly station in Manchester

He had previously sent the ‘girl’, who was actually in fact an adult woman using a ‘fake’ account, a picture of his genitals and had sent sexualised messages online.

A court heard how Carpenter had been left ‘humiliated’ as the group, known as the Elusive Child Protection Unit, published a live stream of the confrontation on social media platform Facebook.

The video, in which Carpenter claims he ‘made a mistake’, has since been viewed over 250,000 times.

Now Carpenter, a father-of-four, has been jailed for two years. 

Carpenter, from Oldham, began chatting with the ‘girl’, known as Kimberley, asking her ‘are you a good girl or naughty?’

During the conversation the ‘girl’ told him she was 13.

The chat became sexual and he asked whether she had seen a ‘man’s bits’, and if she had ever ‘played with herself’.

When Carpenter asked if she wanted to see ‘under his boxer shorts’, the girl said she was worried she might get in trouble.

He said if the girl deleted their chats then no-one else would know, Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

Carpenter again asked if she wanted to see his genitals, and he sent a picture.

He also sent a picture of him holding a snake, saying ‘it was as big as his privates’.

Carpenter told the ‘child’ he wanted to have sex with her, later asking to meet up.

He said he would ‘only do dirty things if she wanted to’.

He asked her to wear red knickers as he ‘liked’ the colour.

The decoy account passed the details of the arranged meet up to other members of the group.

About ten people confronted Carpenter at the station on July 5 last year, and the police also attended.

Mr Elias said Carpenter is remorseful and has no previous convictions for sexual offences.

“He found it exciting and fell into the trap that was prepared for him,” he said.

“His world has crashed down around him.

“He was in tears this afternoon as I went through the sentencing guidelines.

“He is desperately sorry.”

The barrister appealed for Carpenter to be spared jail, noting there was no real victim.

“There is no good in locking him up, only harm to him and humiliation,” Mr Elias said.

“He has been thoroughly humiliated already by these paedophile hunters.

“It is an offence in his own fantasy, an offence in his mind.

“It was never going to happen.”

But the judge, Recorder Michael Duck QC, said the offence was too serious.

Carpenter, of Oldham Road, Failsworth, pleaded guilty to attempting to engage in sexual communications with a child, attempting to incite a child into sexual activity, and arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.