Man who sent Facebook sex pictures to 14-year-old girl caught in Sheffield station ‘sting’

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A 45-year-old Sheffield man who believed he was sending indecent images of himself to a 14-year-old girl on Facebook has pleaded guilty to attempted grooming.

Dean Mitchell Copley, of Renathorpe Road, Shiregreen, had arranged to meet the girl at Sheffield railway station on Valentine’s Day, February 14, this year.

It came after he had made sexual advances online in the weeks leading up to the meeting, as well as sending indecent pictures of himself.

But the Facebook profile was actually a fake and Copley was instead met at the station by the couple behind it.

The couple alerted British Transport Police officers and Copley was arrested.

Copley will now appear at Sheffield Crown Court on Monday, December 1, where he will be sentenced for the offence.

The incident is not understood to be connected to a similar sting also carried out earlier this year at Sheffield railway station by self-styled ‘Paedophile Hunter’ Stinson Hunter.

Hunter posed online as a teenage girl and befriended a 26-year-old man, who exchanged explicit text messages with the ‘youngster’.