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So-called 'Paedophile hunters' snared a Chaddesden pervert who thought he was talking online to two 14-year-old girls and tried to arrange to meet them for sex.
The vigilantes posed under the pseudonyms “Britney Taylor” and “Danielle Marshall” to make contact with Dean Dunhill.
The 30-year-old started to send both of the “girls” sexually explicit messages over Facebook in which he asked if they liked “naughty pictures”.
In both cases the so-called hunters replied “you do know I am only 14 don’t you” but unabated he sent them both sexually explicit photographs of himself and asked them for some of them in return.
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And he also exchanged messages with both of them telling saying he would pay for a hotel and that that sexual activity could take place between them.
Jailing Dunhill, of Wiltshire Road, for 16 months Judge Peter Cooke said: “That you were in an ongoing relationship did not stop you behaving in this predatory way.
“This was obvious grooming behaviour and the real aggravating feature here is the level of persistence in cajoling the girls into trying to get them to do what you wanted.
“And although the people behind the identities were not real girls, they were intended targets and victims.”
Julia King, prosecuting at Derby Crown Court, said Dunhill’s offending began in March last year.
She said a man posing on Facebook as a 14-year-old girl called “Britney Taylor” began receiving online messages from Dunhill.
Miss King said: “Britney made it clear to him she was only 14 and he told her he was 25 and lived in Nottingham.
“He asked her to send him ‘naughty’ pictures and said he would pay for a hotel and said he would like to have sex with her.
“He also sent her a sexually explicit photograph of himself.”
Miss King said a second paedophile hunter, who was known to the first, set up a similar Facebook account in the name of Danielle Marshall and “she” also started to receive messages from Dunhill.
She said: “He asked her if she liked ‘naughty pics or rude pics’ and if she would send some to him of her wearing ‘nightwear or a bra and thing’.
“He told her in one message ‘don’t be scared to show your body’.
“He pleaded with her to send him some photographs.”
Dunhill’s details were handed to the police who arrested him and later charged him with two count of causing or inciting sexual exploitation of a child.
He pleaded guilty to the offences and along with the jail term was placed on the sex offender’s register for 10 years.
Will Bennett, mitigating, said his client “was realistic about going into custody”.
He said: “It is far from the worst case to come before the courts and there was no physical child victim.”
Following sentencing, an NSPCC spokesperson said: “Dunhill set out to groom what he thought were vulnerable girls for sex and while the children he spoke to online were fictitious, his actions posed a very real threat.
“This is a disturbing reminder of the risks that young people often face in the digital world and shows how important it is for parents and carers to talk to their children about staying safe online.
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