Today (Sunday 23rd July) a 46 year-old male was arrested on suspicion of online grooming of a child. The male was communicating with more than two of our decoys over the past few weeks.
Today the male contacted the decoy and arranged to meet him in the Park at Bishops Stortford where Hertfordshire Constabulary were able to arrest him.
This male has been released on Police bail until 21st August.
Concerning information has come to light over this male, and more will be released in due course.
Please be aware that this person has been arrested after one or more of our investigators were contacted by them. They thought they were contacting a child under the age of 16. We do not entrap anyone and its the persons choice to meet the person they think is a child. Some cases we are unable to name them straight away due to the CPS requirements. They have been arrested on suspicion, and its down to the CPS to either NFA them or charge them for them to appear in court. If they are charged and the case goes to court, we will publish the entire chat logs, pictures and names of the people involved. If the Police feel they are unlikely to bring conviction against them, it doesn’t mean they are not guilty, and we will then publish the chat logs for the public to see.