A cunning grandma has snared an online pervert after going undercover to trap the Facebook user who was trying to groom her granddaughter.
The woman managed to catch Robert Hadley, 36, after he tried to arrange a meeting with her after she assumed the identity of the 11-year-old girl, reports the Express and Star.
She decided to take action after discovering the pair had been in contact through the site’s private messenger, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.
During the internet conversations that followed, Hadley asked for a photograph of the child wearing a bra – but was instead sent one of the girl in her football kit.
He then sent a lewd image of himself, before warning that he would get into ‘a lot of trouble’ if she did not keep their chats secret.
The woman maintained the pretence until Hadley tried to arrange a meeting with the girl, at which point she contacted the police. “She saw what was going on and she is to be commended,” said Judge James Burbidge QC.
When police went to arrest Hadley the day after being alerted they discovered he had destroyed the SIM cards on his two mobile phones.
“He did this because he ‘knew what he had been doing was wrong,” said Mr Simon Hanns, Hadley’s defence barrister.
Hadley pleaded guilty to four charges, including trying to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and was jailed for three years.
He was also given a sexual harm prevention order – lasting for ten years – and will be put on the sex offender’s register for the rest of his life.
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