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‘ABHORRENT’: Man jailed after being caught by paedo hunters in Hemel Hempstead

 Published on: 17th November 2023   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A paedophile in his late 50s who travelled to Hemel Hempstead expecting to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex was jailed for 11 years on Monday, November 13.

Erkin Elibol, 59, of Pickering House, Woodberry Down, Manor House, London, arrived at a McDonald’s car park where he was confronted by vigilantes called Innocent Voices, a group of paedophile hunters.

The group, who had posed as a fictitious girl named Megan, called the police who searched Elibol’s car and found Viagra.

On Monday, November 13, St Albans Crown Court heard that Elibol, had also been talking to another ‘decoy girl’ called Polly, who was said to be aged 13. He had gone to the same park to meet her a week earlier but left.

He had used the name ‘Horny Grandpa’ as well as several other lewd names during the online conversations, in which he had sent over images of his own penis.

Following his arrest in June 2022, police discovered folders on his mobile phone showing he had been in online communication with a real 12-year-old girl, who is now receiving counselling.

He appeared for sentence having been convicted of attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act, attempted sexual communication with a child, attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming, sexual communication with a child, three charges of causing a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, and making indecent images of children.

All the offences were committed between February and June last year.

Defending, Matthew Radstone said Elibol had no relevant previous convictions. He said he had brought up two sons alone since 2003 when his wife died. The judge was handed character references.

Recorder Allison Hunter KC described Elibol’s conduct towards the real victim as “abhorrent.”

She told him: “I accept you are deeply ashamed as you rightly should be of the way you behaved.”

Elibol must register as a sex offender and abide by the terms of a sexual harm prevention order for life.

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