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Paedophile conviction

7HS barrister Matthew Hooper prosecutes

A former police student, caught in a sting by a man described as a paedophile hunter, was trying to meet up with a 14-year-old boy after exchanging sexual text messages.

Kristian Kirk, 25, engaged in a two-hour text conversation with a fictitious under-age boy, who turned out to be Stinson Hunter, Burnley Crown Court was told.

The former University of Central Lancashire policing student had initially met the ‘boy’ via the gay dating website Grindr and later swapped texts, asking the youngster for intimate pictures and outlining a fetish for ‘lads in white socks’.

Prosecutor Matthew Hooper said there were a number of references to the ‘boy’ being 14 during the conversation.

Kirk admitted attempting to arrange or facilitate acts which would have led to the commission of sexual activity with a child and was given a three-year community order, including probation supervision and attendance on a sexual offenders’ treatment programme.

Full story: Lancashire Telegraph

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