Man pleads guilty after breaching order and trying to meet up with a child for sexual activity

|News, Sexual offences

A man who was the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order has admitted breaching the conditions and trying to meet up with a 14-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity.

The Crown Prosecution Service said that Russell Fairburn, 43, from the Kensington area of Liverpool was caught by a group that tries to uncover would-be paedophiles on the internet.

Fairburn had engaged in sexualised chat on a social media site with the “girl” who he knew to be just 14.

The “girl” was in fact a man acting on behalf of a group called Predator Closure who work to find people attempting to engage in sexual conversations or activity with children.

The online chat lasted throughout the day of 28 September 2019 and into 29 September.

Fairburn began to suspect he might be entering into a trap and tried to delete the conversations but the representatives of Predator Closure had taken screen shots of the chat and handed them to police officers.

Fairburn was arrested at his home and, at South Sefton Magistrates’ Court on 1 October 2019, he pleaded guilty to two counts of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child, two counts of attempting to meet with a child following grooming and a count of breaching a sexual harm prevention order. He will be sentenced on 29 October 2019.

Jonathan Egan, for the CPS, said: “Russell Fairburn was subject to a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order which was not due to expire until September 2021.

“He has been caught trying to break the law again and, in trying to delete the chats he had had on the social media site, he breached another key element of the order.

“He told officers that he suspected he was being trapped online but carried on anyway. His comments online are clearly sexual and he knew that they were aimed at a girl who was not over 16.

“He pleaded guilty at an early stage but the fact that his offending behaviour has carried on in the face of early attempts to prevent him are worrying indeed.”

Notes to editors

  • Jonathan Egan is a District Crown Prosecutor for CPS Mersey-Cheshire.

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