One of our investigators were contacted by a 73 year-old male who thought he was talking to a young child. The male wanted to arrange a meeting with the child for sexual contact.
The male arranged to meet the child in the Promenade Park in Maldon, Essex. We were worried about the location but the male was insistent that he wanted it in that location. Essex Police shared our concerns and wanted him brought in quick and quietly so it does not bring concern to he parents at the park.
Seven Police officers surrounded the park and the male was quickly brought into custody where he has been questioned for the offence. He was later released on bail.
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.