March 2022

Paedophile hunters snared Brockworth man, 56, in online exposure

A 56-year-old Brockworth man who was caught in a trap set by paedophile hunters has been sentenced to a suspended 16-month prison term.

Nigel Brunsdon of Wildlife Walk, Brockworth, made contact on Facebook with two fictitious girls aged 12 and 13 years old, who were both the creation of an online child protection group, Gloucester Crown Court was told yesterday

Prosecutor Joe Broadway said Brunsdon went on to bombard both ‘girls’ with hundreds of messages asking for sexually explicit pictures of themselves and was then reported to the police by a member of the paedophile hunting group.

Brunsdon pleaded guilty to attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child under 16 between June 27 and July 24 2020 in Gloucester for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification in which the communication was sexual and sending two images of his erect penis to the recipient.

He also admitted attempting to incite two girls, aged between 12 and 15, to engage in sexual activity without penetration between June 27 and July 24 2020 and to take pictures of their breasts.

Judge Michael Cullum imposed a prison term of 16 months, suspended for 21 months. He ordered that Brunsdon pay court costs of £425 and attend 35 rehabilitation activity requirement days and be subjected to a six month alcohol treatment requirement.

Brunsdon was also placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years and made subject to a sexual harm prevention order limiting his use of the internet for the same time period.