June 2019

Convicted child abuser caught by paedophile hunters avoids prison

A convicted child abuser who sent a video of himself performing a sex act to what he thought was a 13-year-old girl was arrested after being caught in a sting by paedophile hunters.

William Brune was trapped by the group Confronted & Caught after he thought he was going to meet a girl he had befriended online.

Prosecutor Catherine Picardo told Leicester Crown Court how Brune had been duped by the group, who set up two fake Facebook accounts for girls aged 17 and 13.

She said Brune was arrested by police after he went to meet the 17-year-old in Loughborough.

The paedophile hunters group put a video online of them meeting Brune and waiting for police to turn up.

Ms Picardo said that Brune had sent the 13-year-old girl, called Maddie, an explicit picture of himself and a video of him performing a sex act.

He asked her to send naked photographs of herself.

Brune, whose address was given in court as Wharncliffe Road, Loughborough, admitted attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child under the age of 16.

The court heard that Brune was jailed in 2012 for a serious sexual offence involving a 13-year-old girl.

Defence said: Brune had to leave Market Harborough after being sent to prison for the sex offence in 2012.

He said that Brune moved to Loughborough but has had to move again after the video of him being caught in a sting by a paedophile hunter group was broadcast online.

“He was advised to move by police,” he said. “He has lost his job too.”

Judge Timothy Spencer QC said: “You have lost your job, you have lost your accommodation and lost whatever reputation you had rebuilt since being released from prison.

“You have thrown it all away and for what? What you have done is deeply shameful.”

He said he was not sending Brune to jail because he is his father’s carer.

Brune, who is on the sex offenders register, was given an 18-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

Members of Brune’s family wept when the sentence was announced.

April 2019

Convicted child abuser caught by paedophile hunting team 

A paedophile that groomed and had sexual intercourse with a 13 year old girl has been arrested after he went online to find young girls to engage in sexual activity with

William Brune of Loughborough was exposed via a Facebook live this morning after he had contacted a young girl online.

Brune sent a number of sexual messages which included two self masturbation videos. 

However, the child was a member of paedophile hunting team ‘Confronted & Caught’ who pose online as children to catch sexual predators

During the confrontation, Brune admitted his previous conviction and openly said he needed ‘help’

The police were called and Brune was arrested at the scene

February 2012

Pervert who engaged girl (13) into sexual intercourse is behind bars

A man who admitted having engaging a 13-year-old girl into sexual intercourse has been jailed for four years.

William Brune (33), of Welland Park Road, Harborough, pleaded guilty to sexual intercourse with a girl aged 13.

Brune appeared at Leicester Crown Court on Friday to be sentenced for the offence which took place last year.

Prosecutor Richard Thatcher told the court that, following a complaint, a search was carried out and a used condom was discovered with evidence that identified both Brune and the 13-year-old girl through DNA

Mr Thatcher said that when initially questioned by police Brune denied the charge. But, when he later was confronted with the evidence, he admitted some form of intercourse had taken place.

Mr Thatcher said: “There were text messages, a number of incidents of him telling her not to tell anyone.”

In mitigation for Brune, Paul Tubb asked that credit be given for an early guilty plea and said his client had split up from his wife at the time and had been living with his mother and was heavily in debt.

Although mention was made of a previous similar allegation against another girl, Mr Tubb said Brune denied that allegation and it was dropped due to a lack of evidence.

Sentencing, Judge Lynn Tayton said: “You denied this had happened, said it was total lies.

“It was only when confronted with the used condom that you accepted there had been sexual intercourse. This was not on a forceable basis but consensual. The aggravating factors is that there was injury to the complainant and some attempts by you to deter her from reporting the matter to police.”

Brune will serve two years and then be out on licence, the court heard. He will also be placed on the sex offenders’ register and is banned from ever working with children.