Man discussed sex online with boy, 14
A VIGILANTE group confronted a suspect on his doorstep and livestreamed their meeting on Facebook, a court heard.
They went to Robert Cotton’s home in Sutton-in-ashfield after he had been having sexual conversations online with what he thought was a 14-year-old boy.
But Nottingham Crown Court heard the person was a grown-up and part of an organisation gathering evidence against people who might be prepared to groom children on the internet.
The man immediately told the 31-year-old, who had never been in trouble with the law before, that he was 14. But this did not stop Cotton from discussing sexual matters and sending a video of a male performing a sex act.
Judge Stuart Raffery imposed a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years and ordered Cotton to sign the sex offenders’ register for five years. Cotton, now of Osmaston Park Road, Derby, was given a three-year community order and must do 30 rehabilitation activity days and go on a sex offender programme. He had spent six days in custody.