Saturday 24 March 2018

Mum turns detective to trap online pervert preying on daughter

Alistair Keely in London

PARENTS were last night urged not to launch their own online investigations after an internet pervert was snared by a mum who pretended to be a 13-year-old girl.

The advice was issued after a mother turned detective to trap an internet paedophile preying on her teenage daughter.

The mother logged into a web chatroom pretending to be her daughter and arranged a meeting with Philip James Brown.

Once she had his mobile number she handed the details to police who then arrested him, a court was told.

A spokeswoman for the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre said an increasing number of parents were taking this course of action.

She said: "We don't encourage this type of action. Our message to parents is if you fear your child is at risk you should report it to us, or the police. Saying that, it must be terrifying for a parent to discover their child is being groomed and want to do something about it."

Brown (29), from Graham Drive, Airedale, Castleford, was placed under a three-year community order with supervision and put on the sex offenders' register when he appeared at Leeds Crown Court yesterday. He must also undertake unpaid work.

The court heard that in June last year the mother discovered naked photographs of her daughter on the family computer. When she questioned her daughter she said she had been asked to pose by a man to whom she was chatting online.

Brown admitted one count of attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming, 10 counts of making indecent images of children and one count of possessing indecent images.

Irish Independent

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