Man dis­cussed sex on­line with boy, 14

Nottingham Post - - NEWS -

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.

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