Vile text messages of paedo KFC worker snared by vigilantes after sending naked pics to ’13-year-old girl’
Paul Platten, 38, contacted a vigilante group’s fake profile on social
media and arranged to meet the girl – but was confronted at his home by
members of the group
Paul Platten, 38, sent a string of messages after contacting a fake profile on social media.
He was confronted at his home in Wincanton, Somerset, by two members of the vigilante group after arranging to meet the girl.
had been responding to his sick messages online – which he sent as
‘Paul4698’ – in which he deliberately uses text speak to get the
attention of the ‘teenager’ and talk on her level.
His messages included:
- “If I had time huni am always at work wat u up2 Sexy”
- “Lol hehehe wish i wiv u cddle u feel u all over ur body kissing ur lips”
- “I will not fall outov the bed u b on top ov me”
- “Ur legs over me ur boobs on my chest and i kissing ur lips my hand on ur a**”
- “I wud luv c u fully naked my toung on ur toung my hand on ur boobs”.
Police were called and Platten was arrested. He later admitted four charges in connection with the messages.
He subsequently lost his job working at the fast food retail outlet KFC.
Platten, who has no previous convictions, was jailed for 12 months at
Taunton Crown Court and ordered to register as a sex offender for 10
Judge James Patrick told him: “I bear in mind, of course,
that a 13-year-old child was not at the other end of the chat that you
“However, you thought you were talking over social media with a 13-year-old girl.
“You engaged in conversation for a period of a couple of months and
during that time you gave sufficient detail of your own identity to lead
to you being detained.
“You sent to someone you thought was a 13-year-old girl a number of photographs of you naked.
“In my judgment these offences are so serious that they warrant an immediate custodial sentence.”
Caroline Bolt said members of a vigilante group set up a profile on
social media purporting to be a 13-year-old girl called Sarah Rose.
On March 9 Platten contacted the profile and initially engaged in
innocent conversation, but sent his mobile phone number the following
“The conversation continued until June 11,” Ms Bolt said. “It was made very clear that Sarah was 13.
“He sent five naked photographs of himself, two of which included his face.
“As the communication progressed there was clear grooming of the supposed 13-year-old.”
Ms Bolt said Platten arranged to meet the girl in London, where he believed she lived, but called it off.
A member of the vigilante group then used details Platten had given in messages to establish where he lived.
“He and another member of the group went to Wincanton on June
19 and confronted the defendant and called the police,” Ms Bolt added.
“He made no comment in interview.”
Platten admitted three charges of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity, on March 17, 19 and 20.
He also pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to engage in sexual communications with a child.
Representing Platten, Rebecca Bradberry said: “He has lost his home, he has lost his job.
“Given the confrontation that has taken place and that this has been
plastered on social media, he is not able to go back to Wincanton and
Platten was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order, which will last for 10 years.
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