Man jailed for arranging to meet underage girl - Luton

10/02/2017

A man, who was confronted by paedophile hunters when he arrived at Luton railway station thinking he was going to meet a 14-year-old girl, has today, Friday, 10 February 2017, been jailed for 18 months.

Mark Porter, aged 55, from High Wycombe, who still maintains his innocence, was caught in a sting operation by campaigners Neil and Katie Ivall.

The jury at Luton Crown Court found Porter guilty by a majority verdict of 11 to 1 last December of attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.  He was back before Judge Philip Bartle QC on Friday to be sentenced.

The Judge told him: "It is clear the jury rejected your defence that you knew 'Jenny' was not a 14-year-old girl, but you continued your contact to unmask those who were communicating with you.

"You were 54 at the time and she was 14 and it is plain your intention was to engage in sexual activity with her. Your plan was to collect her from the railway station and drive her back to your flat to spend the weekend together."

In addition to the custodial sentence, Porter was made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years, restricting his contact with anyone under 16 and his use of the internet for sexual purposes. He must also register as a Sex Offender.

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