Man jailed for child sex offences - Sandy

01/04/2016

A lorry driver, who thought he was meeting a 14-year-old girl in London for sex, has been jailed for 2 years after being caught in a paedophile sting.

Nigel Stonebridge, aged 58, went onto a chatroom called 'Young Girls Date Old Men' where he told a 'girl' called Katie May that he wanted her to dress as a school girl, tie her up and have sex with her. What Stonebridge, a married man from Sandy, Beds, did not know was that Katie May was a self-styled paedophile hunter called Blakely, Luton Crown Court heard today, Friday, 01 April 2016.

Michael Speak, prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said Mr Blakely posed as a 14-year-old child in an Internet chat room and waited for people to make contact. As Katie May he arranged to meet Stonebridge near the National Portrait Gallery in London at 2pm on 14 September last year. The police were alerted and when Stonebridge arrived he was arrested. He told the police: "I can't believe I did this."

Stonebridge, a father of four, of Weslyen Way, Sandy pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a child following grooming, and attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity. He was of previous good character.

Defending, James Knight said Stonebridge was being supported by his wife and had been in a "terrible spiral of anxiety."

Jailing him, Judge Richard Foster said: "You might say it was fantasy, but the fact is you drove from your home in Bedfordshire to meet a girl you thought was 14. For your own perverted reasons you went to London to meet her."

In addition to the custodial sentence, Stonebridge must register as a sex offender and abide by the terms of a sexual harm prevention order.

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