Paedophile, 19, caught by vigilantes sending explicit pictures of himself to ‘girls’ as young as 10 online avoids jail
- Aaron Shelton sent explicit photographs to what he thought were young girls
- He was caught out by vigilante group Secretly Tackling Online Predators (STOP)
- Pleaded guilty to attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child
- He was also placed on the sex offender’s register for five years but avoided jail
Aaron Shelton messaged girls online but was caught out by the group Secretly Tackling Online Predators (STOP)
A teenager who was caught out by vigilante ‘paedophile hunters’ sending explicit images of himself to what he thought were young girls, has avoid jail.
Aaron Shelton messaged girls online, asking them for sex and begging them for intimate pictures of themselves to him.
But the 19-year-old was ‘stung’ by the group Secretly Tackling Online Predators (STOP) which had created false accounts in a bid to catch out sex offenders and paedophiles.
When approached at his home in Derby, Shelton said he was acting like a ‘big brother’ to the little girls, and described them as his ‘sisters’.
Shelton messaged numerous accounts that he thought belonged to young girls.
He was arrested and taken to court, where he pleaded guilty to four counts of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.
He was ordered to attend 45 rehabilitation days with the probation service and once completed, will carry out 90 one-to-one sex offender programme days with experts.
He was also placed on the sex offender’s register for five years and handed a five-year sexual prevention order.