April 2023

Challenge made over sentence for child sex offender

A paedo from West Yorkshire could see his jail sentence increase after a challenge has been made.

The bid has been made over the four-and-a-half year sentence Scott Jones received last month after being caught out by a paedophile hunter group.

His jail term will now be reviewed by the Attorney General under a scheme for sentences believed to be too lenient.

In 2017 Jones was given a three-year community order after he admitted online sex chats with two “decoy” girls aged 14 and 11.

He was also made the subject of a five-year sexual harm prevention order.

But Bradford Crown Court heard last month that within 24 hours of the protective orders expiring, Jones was again involved in sexualised online chat with another 13-year-old “decoy”.

Jones, 28, was told the girl’s age, but he asked if she would have sex with him.

The police were called by a paedophile hunter group and he was arrested.

Officers recovered category A and C indecent images of young kids from his tablet.

Jones, now of West View Terrace, Pellon, Halifax, pleaded guilty to charges of attempted sexual communication with a child, attempting to incite or cause a child to engage in sexual activity and possession of indecent images of children.


November 2017

Pervert avoids prison after grooming multiple ‘children’ online

A disgusting pervert that groomed what he believed were young girls online has avoided a prison sentence

Scott Jones, 23 of Knottingley appeared at Leeds Crown Court where he admitted a number of charges relating to sexual offences against children

The court heard that Jones who had claimed he worked with disabled kids to gain the children’s trust had contacted over the internet what he believed were three girls aged 11, 12 and 14 years old. 

Fortunately the girls were decoys set up by online child protection team ‘Dark Light’ 

Jones sent highly sexually explicit messages to the decoys in the hope of engaging in sexual activity with them. However, he was exposed by the team and was arrested by West Yorkshire police who used Dark Lights evidence to convict him

Jones was handed a 36 Month community order

He was told that he must attend a sex offenders programme, and a sexual harm prevention order was put in place to restrict his internet use and contact with children

Jones was also placed on the sex offenders register.