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Men admit child sex crimes after being nabbed in ‘paedophile hunter’ sting

Carlisle Magistrates Court

Two-men have appeared separately before magistrates in Carlisle charged with various sexual-offences against children under 16.

The court was told a group known as Confronted & Caught organised a decoy-sting operation to find people using the internet illegally.

Early this afternoon Michael Edward Roiston Chapman, 23, of Greenbank Farm, Troutbeck, Penrith, pleaded guilty to two-offences.

On Saturday April 7 being an adult he engaged in sexual communications with a child under 16, he used an internet chat line to intentionally attempt to communicate and make sexual contact with her.

He also breached a Sexual Prevention Order between April 1 and 7, which was imposed by Carlisle Crown Court, in 2017, for a ten-year period, this was a serious breach of this order, the defendant has tried to drive a “coach and horses” through this order Prosecutor Carl Gaffney said.

Chapman was remanded in custody to appear at Crown Court on May 17.

Later on today (Mon) Justin Brian Bell, 49, appeared from custody and gave his address as Bannisdale Way, Morton, Carlisle, he pleaded guilty to four-offences, dated between 24 and 31 May, that he attempted to cause a female to engage in sexual activity over the internet, and to communicate to incite a female a child under 16, to engage in a sexual nature.

The court was told he was also caught by the Confronted & Caught group, all the attempted offences related to him posting photos on internet sites of him in a comprising situation, and asking the young girls to send him explicit photos of themselves, a number of different internet sites were used the court was told. Some of these messages had been seen thousands of times over the internet.

Bell was also remanded in custody to appear at Carlisle Crown Court on May 17.

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