Roland Ford was arrested today Thursday 20th July at around 11am in the Stow Shopping Centre after arranging to meet one of our decoys online. Ford was chatting to he thought was a young child under the age of 16.
Essex Police were alerted of the incident by one of our investigators, and acted quickly to arrest Ford and take him to Harlow Custody.
Ford 50 of Wedgwood Drive, Harlow, was arrested and charged for Attempting to meet a boy under 16 and for breeching a sexual harm prevention order.
Fords employer “OCS Retail Support” have been contacted for comment. He was remanded and will appear in front of the Judge at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on Saturday 22nd July.
Will be updating after hearing on Saturday 22nd July.
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.