24th October 2020

Internet paedophile sentenced after covert operation

A 54-year-old man from Somerset has today (30/1) been sentenced at Taunton Crown Court for attempted child grooming and incident images offences following an undercover police operation.

 

At today’s hearing he was sentenced to 15-months imprisonment, suspended for two years. He also received a 10-year Sexual Offenders Prevention Order (SOPO) and will be placed on the sex offenders’ register.

 

Investigating officer Det Con Geoff Colvin, of Avon and Somerset Police’s Internet Child Abuse Team, said: “Peebles-Brown set out to contact an underage girl through a social media site.

 

“Once he made contact, he began grooming her and would encourage her to engage in conversations of an increasingly sexual nature, culminating in making an arrangement to meet her on 6 October 2012 in London.

 

“Peebles-Brown was running late so did not make their planned meeting, but he sent the girl an apology the next day before sending her more indecent material.

 

“A file was sent to us by the Metropolitan Police and Peebles-Brown was arrested on 17 October 2012.

 

“As part of the investigation, his computer equipment was seized and more than 200 indecent images and movies were found.

 

“We remain fully committed to unmasking online paedophiles and making the internet a safer place.

 

“This investigation is a prime example of how we are working successfully with our colleagues in the Metropolitan Police and sharing expertise and intelligence in order to bring offenders like Peebles-Brown to justice.”