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Vigilante target James Stone jailed for child sex abuse

2013-09-20 16:44:13

Police cautioned against anyone taking the law
into their own hands

A child abuser from Nottingham who was confronted by amateur online activists has been jailed for eight years.

Nottingham Crown Court heard James Stone, 24, of Upper Parliament Street, admitted seven offences including sexual activity with a child.

Stone was filmed by a group called Letzgo Hunting after members posed as a schoolgirl during web chats.

But police said the footage played no part in the case and they acted after the victim's mother contacted them.

Letzgo Hunting said they became involved after the 15-year-old's mother came to them over grooming concerns.

Posing as a 14-year-old, the group swapped messages with Stone in which he admitted engaging in sexual activity with the girl.

Members then confronted Stone at the pub where he worked.

Police said he admitted posing as a 16-year-old boy in an online chat room in a bid to contact the girl.

When the conversation moved to instant messaging, he took her to his flat where she was manipulated into performing sexual acts.

Stone pleaded guilty in court to meeting a child following sexual grooming, two counts of sexual assault with a child, one count of sexual activity with a child, two counts of possession of indecent photographs of a child and one count of possessing an extreme pornographic image.

'Hiding in phone'

The CPS confirmed that as he admitted his guilt early in the proceedings, no evidence was presented in court.

Police cautioned against anyone taking the law into their own hands.

Det Insp Martin Hillier from Nottinghamshire Police, who led the case, said: "James Stone not only preyed upon his young victim under the guise of a schoolboy, he did it in the family home and during school time, under the noses of the adults in her life, because James Stone was hiding in her mobile phone.

"He groomed and manipulated her into doing things she would never do, before luring her to his home and taking advantage of her in the very worst way.

"I cannot stress enough how important it is to report offences to the police, and to do this as soon as possible."


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