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Sick paedo travelled 90 miles to Yorkshire to meet ‘girl, 12’ for sex

Written by on 25/09/2020

A sick paedophile travelled 90 miles to meet a 12-year-old girl in Barnsley for sex – only to be arrested at his “meeting point” by police who had set up a decoy.

James Buntain, who is from Merseyside, had been sending messages to the youngster online and had planned to travel across the country to meet her on November 7, 2019.

However, the 57-year-old was in fact talking to police officers from the Yorkshire and Humber Regional and Organised Crime Unit.

He was arrested in Barnsley and after police carried out further enquiries, they discovered he had also been enaging online with other children.

Buntain, of Wellbrae Close in the Wirral, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court on Wednesday, September 23, after pleading guilty to eight offences, including inciting sexual activity with a child.

He was described by Judge David Dixon QC as posing an “incredibly high risk” of carrying out sexual offences towards young children and the judge decided to lock him up for 11 years.

The Yorkshire and Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit set up the operaton to catch online child sex offenders and at court, Buntain was also convicted for messages sent to another unidentified but presumed child victim.

Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Jon Best of the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Crime Unit, said: “We welcome the sentencing of this truly repugnant individual and the clear message the magnitude of his sentence delivers about the seriousness of this offending.

“The Yorkshire and Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit work to ensure that there is no safe space online for those that wish to groom and abuse children.

“Our operation has identified over 130 offenders who wish to harm and sexually abuse children, ensuring they are arrested and prosecuted.”

On top his lengthy jail term, Buntain was also made the subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.