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Valleys man JAILED for online grooming after paedophile hunter sting

An online predator who told a paedophile hunting group “I agree with what you do if you catch predators but there’s been a mistake in this instance” has today been sentenced to 2 years and 9 months in prison.

Michael Davies, 30, from Pentre, Rhondda Cynon Taff was snared by online paedophile hunters, ‘The Guardian Angels’ on December 29 2017 after they claimed he was talking to 18 children between the ages of 13 and 14.

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19/06/2018  |  16:03 |  By: Shaun Ashford, SMA Media Group

Micahel Davies, 30 (Image: South Wales Police)

A spokesperson for South Wales Police said, “Police arrested 30-year-old Michael Davies from Pentre on 29 December 2017, following a call from a group calling themselves Guardian Angels. He was subsequently charged with child grooming and appeared at Court on 1 January 2018 when he was remanded into custody.”

We also approached South Wales Police for a comment on their view surrounding the existence and use of paedophile hunter groups and a spokesperson told us:

“The police rely on the assistance of the public in preventing and detecting crime. Working closely with communities is a vital way in which we gain information, and their active engagement in fighting crime helps us to do our job.

“Revealing the identity of suspected paedophiles gives the suspect the opportunity to destroy evidence before the police can investigate them. It can jeopardise ongoing police investigations and these people have no way of safeguarding child victims. It also leads to people who have been identified going missing or raising concerns for their safety. This can divert significant resources into protecting suspects, which would be better invested in investigating and, where there is evidence, prosecuting them.

“There is also the risk of wrongly accusing someone; if someone is wrongly accused of being a paedophile in a hugely public way that makes people who live with them, live near them, work with them assume they have committed the offence. The temptation to kill themselves may be just as great even if they are innocent; that is an appalling consequence to contemplate.”

South Wales Police continued to tell us that, “Vigilantes like this should not continue because they are taking risks they don’t understand. If any member of the public has concerns about online grooming, they should report them to their local police, to CEOP at www.ceop.police.uk or to Crimestoppers. If you think a child is at immediate risk of harm call 999.

The Guardian Angels placed Mr Davies under a citizen’s arrest and contacted the Police before reading out their chat logs while he stood with his arms crossed, placed on his chest continually saying, “I haven’t said anything to children” and “it’s some kind of mistake”.

Streamed live across social media, Mr Davies stated to the self-styled hunters, “I don’t know why this is connected to me I haven’t done anything I swear.”

Mr Davies was an online gamer, wrestling commentator and a keen sword collector (Image: Youtube)

We contacted ‘The Guardian Angels’ for a comment on the sting of Mr Davies but did not receive any response from them.

Michael Davies pleaded guilty to 5 counts of attempting to incite a child into sexual activity and 1 count of attempting to meet a child following online sexual grooming. He was sentenced Tuesday June 19 2018 at Merthyr Crown Court to 2 years, 9 months custodial.

Mr Davies was also made subject to a sexual harm prevention order until a further order is made and was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register indefinitely along with being banned from working with children indefinitely.

If you are concerned about a child, report the concern to your local police, via www.ceop.police.uk or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111