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Man tracked down by paedophile hunters in Luton jailed

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Image caption Hanson booked a hotel room for the purpose of having sex with a 13-year-old

A man who was tracked down by self-styled paedophile hunters has been jailed for child sex offences.

Luton Crown Court was told John Hanson, 55, had booked a hotel room to have sex with a 13-year-old girl.

But when he arrived at Luton railway station he was confronted by Katie and Neil Ivall, who target paedophiles.

Hanson was jailed for two years and eight months and placed on the sex offenders register.

The court heard that Hanson, of Shaw Lodge, Shaw Hall, Halifax, thought he had been in contact with a young girl called Jessica Walters.

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Image caption Neil and Katie Ivall set up fake profiles online posing as teenage girls, then meet and confront the men who groom them

But the fake Facebook account had been set up by Katie Ivall from Dunstable, who stated she was just 13-years old.

The jury was told the conversations in July became sexual and Hanson sent "Jessica" a photograph of his penis. He also directed her to pornographic sites.

Prosecutor, Michael Speak said Hanson booked a room and asked the hotel if his daughter could join him there overnight.

Mr Speak said of Hanson's communication with the fake teenager: "He made it clear they would have sexual activity including penetrative sex. He wanted her to call him 'Dad'."

Hanson pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.

Defending, Stefan Weidmann said Hanson had suffered with depression and anxiety for some years and was "grappling with what he has done."

Hanson was also struggling with the death of a teenage child.

Jailing him, Judge Michael Kay QC said Hanson had a well planned operation to have "penetrative sexual activity" with a 13-year-old.

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