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Pervert caught by group in Aberdeen is jailed
A paedophile snared by a group in Aberdeen has been jailed for 16 months.
Raul Perez had travelled from the Philippines for a training course with his work when he began messaging a person he thought to be a teenager called Ben Holmes, and asked the supposed 14-year-old to meet him at the Aberdeen Altens Hotel.
Perez encouraged his intended prey to come to the hotel on Tuesday, March 27, despite receiving a response from the other user referring to changing out of his school uniform.
The 35-year-old then asked the person he took to be the younger male: “Do you like to have romantic moments?”
However, Perez was left dumbfounded when a group of men instead arrived and it emerged that he had infact contacted the decoy of a group called Groom Resisters Scotland.
The police later arrived at the hotel and arrested the would-be child molestor.
Yesterday, when he returned to Aberdeen Sheriff Court for sentencing, Perez was sent to prison for 16 months and put on the sex offenders register for 10 years.
The accused appeared on remand from HMP Grampian, and his sentence was backdated to March 29, when he was first locked up.
Police also discovered indecent videos of children on the phone the accused had used to send the messages.
Perez admitted being in possession of child sexual abuse images and meeting someone under the age of 16 with the intent to engage in sexual activity.
Vile perv admits grooming ’14-year-old boy’ for sex in Aberdeen hotel after he was targeted in sting by paedo hunters
A vile pervert admitted grooming a “14-year-old boy” for sex in an hotel after he was targeted in a sting by paedophile hunters.
Raul Perez, 35, from the Philippines, was in Scotland for a training course and staying in the Aberdeen Altens Hotel.
He began messaging a profile on the social networking site Meet Me, unaware that it was fake account set up by paedophile hunters
Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard yesterday that the profile initially stated that the other user was 19-years-old but later changed to state he was 14 and living in Edinburgh.
Perez asked him to come to the hotel in Aberdeen and the other user replied to say he would have to get changed out of his school uniform.
Perez then asked the younger male: “Do you like to have romantic moments?”
But he was unaware of the fact that he had been set up by a group of so-called paedophile hunters.
Yesterday fiscal depute Jamie Dunbar told the court that the team was called ‘Groom Resisters Scotland’
He said: “They set up fake accounts on social media and attempt to trap males to meet persons under 16 for sexual activity.
“The group obtain evidence of a crime then give it to the police.”
The team travelled to the Altens hotel from Dundee where Perez had agreed to meet Ben Holmes on March 27 this year.
They approached Perez at 9pm and asked why he had been messaging a 14-year-old for sex.
Perez said he was there to meet a 19-year-old, but the two men requested that he remain with them while they contacted the police.
Officers then turned up and detained him after being made aware of the circumstances.
Police also discovered indecent videos of children on the phone he had used to send the messages.
Perez, whose address was given in court papers as HMP Grampian, admitted being in possession of child pornography and meeting someone under the age of 16 with the intent to engage in sexual activity during an appearance in court yesterday.
The court heard he had planned to be in the country for just 10 days.
Mr Dunbar said: “The phone was examined and found to contain indecent images of children.
“There were 11 videos, 34 minutes in length.
“Eight of these were graded category A and three category B.”
Sheriff Jack Brown placed the 35-year-old on the sex offenders register and deferred sentence to obtain reports.
He described the charges as “serious.”
Perez will return to court next month to be sentenced.
Following this a spokesman at Groom Resisters Scotland said he was happy with the outcome.
He said: “We are pleased that he has now pleaded guilty to his crime and that he will be sentenced to the rules of the law.
“We do feel we are having a positive impact.
“Police Scotland is under staffed and under financed.”