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Doncaster paedophile caught in sting operation

COURT: Court Case

COURT: Court Case

A Doncaster paedophile was caught in a sting operation by a child rape victim who posed as a youngster online, a court heard.

A 20-year-old woman from Oldham, posed as a teenage girl in a chatroom to lure paedophiles into a trap, Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester heard.

She had been sexually abused as a 12-year-old and her attacker was later jailed.

Along with her boyfriend the crusading couple, who now campaign for tougher sentences for paedophiles, set up false user-names and caught, Lee Barton and Darren Bates, the court heard.

Barton, aged 47, of Chestnut Avenue, Doncaster, and Bates, 36, from Warrington, Cheshire, both pleaded guilty to attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

Barton was jailed for 21 months and wheelchair-bound Bates, who suffers from cerebral palsy, was given a 15-month jail term suspended for 18 months.

Sentencing Judge Timothy Mort said adult men grooming children online was ‘a parents’ worst nightmare’.

The court heard the couple logged on to a US website last year and within minutes of posing as a young girl they were inundated with attempts at grooming by adult men.

Philip Curran, prosecuting, said last April 22 they logged on to Teen Chat with the username Aleshia13UK.

Barton, using the name Lee5050, made contact, claiming to be 18 and living near Sheffield, and asked for a ‘private conversation’ which made sexual references.

He supplied his mobile phone number and the pair spoke on the phone.

Mr Curran said: “The defendant asked for a picture and whether she was on her own, where her mother and father were, what time they finished work and if she wanted him to come round.”

When the woman revealed she was not a 13-year-old girl and the conversation had been recorded and was to be passed on to police, the call ended.

Barton was arrested four days later.

Robert Sandford, defending Barton, a team leader for a rail infrastructure firm, said he was in a long-term relationship, had children and grandchildren, and there had never been the slightest hint of any impropriety towards them.

“It is perhaps unusual he was ensnared by civilians who had took it upon themselves to catch people engaged in this kind of conduct,” he added.

 

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