Man snared by vigilantes for trying to meet ’15-year-old virgin’

Pervert, 33, who was snared by paedophile hunters after trying to meet a ’15-year-old virgin’ is jailed for two years

  • Grant Percival tried to meet girl for sex that he believed was a 15-year-old virgin 
  • But the 33-year-old from Carlisle had been duped by paedophile hunters 
  • Percival was  met by the group at a hotel and he was arrested by police
  • He was jailed for two years at Bolton Crown court after admitting grooming

Grant Percival, 33, was jailed for two years for grooming

A man who tried to meet a girl for sex who he believed was a 15-year-old virgin was snared by paedophile hunters.

Grant Percival, 33, from Carlisle, went to a hotel in Leigh, Lancashire, to meet the youngster, but was caught in the sting by the vigilante group.

Bolton Crown court was told how he began talking with what he thought was a 15-year-old girl on social media.

The person running the fake profile told Percival they were underage and had yet to lose their virginity.

But he carried on communicating with her, and encouraged the girl to meet for sex. He even asked if the two of them could be partners.

On February 2 he travelled to the hotel believing he was going to meet his victim.

Instead, he was met by a team of paedophile hunters, and was later arrested by the police.

He was jailed for two years after admitting grooming and told he would need to serve at least 16 months before he could apply for bail.

Sentencing, Judge Timothy Clayson, said: ‘You attempted to meet a child after sexually grooming them on February 2 – a matter you admitted before the magistrates.

Percival thought he was going to meet a 15-year-old girl when he visited a hotel in Leigh, Lancashire

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The facts of the case are that a fake profile for a 15 girl was set up on an adult social media site. You contacted this profile and exchanged messages.

‘You wanted to go to a hotel and wanted to engage in sexual activities with this person. You said you wanted to kiss her, have sex and for you two to be boyfriend and girlfriend.

‘The profile indicated that they were a 15-year-old virgin but you still wanted to meet.

‘As you went to the hotel in Leigh, you got there and the police had been called and you were arrested.

‘It has to be said that because you have history and the fact that you have committed an offence of this nature, I do determine that you present a significant risk to members of the public.’

The judge also handed him a sexual harm prevention order for a period of 10 years.

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