July 2019

Pervert who posed naked in cowboy hat snared by paedophile hunters

A paedophile posed naked except for a cowboy hat and sent the pictures to what he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

But in fact he was talking to a decoy from a group of online paedophile hunters.

The groups, ‘Leave Our Kids Alone and Justice 4 Kids’ , went to David Edwards’ Buckley home and called the police. The confrontation was caught on camera and streamed live on the internet, with 37,000 people watching it.

Edwards, 62, had told the ‘girl’ to send her knickers to him, as well as photos of herself engaging in sex acts.

During one of the exchanges with the decoy, Edwards asked her to call him “Uncle Dave” and said he “wished he was there to do it for you”

When police searched his home they found some ladies’ underwear, but he claimed they were sent to him by a friend who, like him, was bisexual and a cross dresser.

At Mold crown court today, he was jailed after ruling himself out of any kind of community rehabilitation, because he said didn’t think it would be of any benefit to him.

While he’d been open about what he’d done, he was defensive and wouldn’t accept that what he’d done was wrong.

But judge Niclas Parry told him the efforts he’d made to tell the ‘girl’ not to reveal to anyone what was going on showed “you clearly knew what you were doing was wrong”.

The court heard Edwards would have to move away from Buckley once he was released from the eight month sentence Judge Parry gave him.

He was ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years and a ten year sexual harm prevention order was made.