Romanian man jailed for grooming - Luton

29/01/2016

A man, who was 'lured' to Luton Railway station to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex, had been trapped by a group who have named themselves 'The Fear Team,' a court has heard.

But a Judge said such groups should not be encouraged by the courts and that they should instead let the police do their job.

Before Luton Crown Court on Friday, 29 January 2016, was Adrian Fantanaru, aged 34, who was jailed for 27 months.

The Romanian from Coronation Road, Balby, Doncaster, pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a girl under 16 following sexual grooming.

Prosecutor, Douglas Page, said Fantanaru began contact via Facebook with a girl calling herself 'Louise' who told him she was 14.

Between 12-14 August last year they exchanged more than 900 messages which had escalated into sexually explicit conversations about their planned sexual activity. They also exchanged explicit photographs. On 14 August at 8pm he arrived at Luton Train station expecting to meet Louise, but was confronted instead by members of The Fear Team, and police were called.

Judge Richard Foster said: "This group had taken upon itself to track down individuals they perceived to be paedophiles. The courts cannot encourage vigilantes or groups like this and the proper course of action is to involve the police and to leave the police to do the work."

He told Fantanaru: "You described your life at the time as a monotonous daily routine. It seems you groomed a 14 year old girl over the internet for sexual purposes, but she was a fiction of the internet.

Laban Leake, defending said: "By the grace of God there was no real victim here."

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