July 2021

Pervert caught saying he wanted to have sex with 12-year-old girl for £100

A pervert caught in a police sting discussing how he wanted to have sex with a 12-year-old girl claimed he was actually working as a paedophile hunter.

John Stone, 42, thought he was chatting online with a father, who was willing to ‘take turns’ having sex with his daughter in exchange for £100.

But Stone, from Salford, was actually speaking with an undercover officer who was posing as the dad in the disturbing chats.

Stone had responded to a message the officer posted on a chat room website, which has since been taken down from the internet, which read: “Any UK families up to meet me and daughter for fun?”

After being told the man was from the Midlands, Stone responded: “Do you ever come to Manchester, if so how old is your daughter and how much to play?”

They discussed ‘taking turns’ having sex with her, and Stone was told he should pay for a hotel room and pay the dad £100.

Stone asked: “Will she be willing to do this with a stranger? I don’t like the idea of force.”

He later said: “This would be my first time doing this, heart is racing.”

A meeting never happened, and Stone was later tracked down by police and arrested.

When police analysed his computer they also found 19 indecent images of children, as well as an extreme pornographic image.

During his interview with officers, Stone claimed he’d been acting as a paedophile hunter, and had been speaking to people to try and identify them.

But he accepted he’d not asked any questions to help identify the other person, and had made no reports.

Manchester Crown Court heard the chats lasted over a few days in August 2017.

The conversations stopped for months after the officer was ‘taken off deployment’ due to being on sick leave.

Stone had messaged the officer saying ‘guess this isn’t going to happen’, prosecutor Helen Longworth said.

The officer logged back in to the chat nearly a year later, and Stone was arrested in August 2019 after ‘technical enquiries’ were made.

He was charged last year after his computer had been interrogated.

The judge, Recorder Ben Douglas-Jones QC, said a suspended sentence would be a ‘significant punishment’.

It would help to rehabilitate Stone and ‘better protect the public’, he said.

Stone, of Church Street, Eccles, was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for two years.

He was ordered to complete 30 rehabilitation activity requirement days, and observe a curfew from 7pm to 6am for six months.

A sexual harm prevention order was also passed, to last seven years.