Grindr police sting leads to Stowmarket man with sexual attraction to children being jailed

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

A Stowmarket man who was caught in a sting by an undercover police officer posing as a schoolboy has been jailed for eight months.

During exchanges on the dating website Grindr James Knott, 54, of St Georges Close, initially thought he was communicating with an 18-year-old man, but later learned he was only 14, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

The exchanges became sexual and Knott had asked the “boy” to send him an intimate picture of himself.

In 2015 Knott was given a suspended prison sentence and made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order (SHPO) banning him from having contact with children under 16 after he admitted making indecent images of children.

In June it was discovered he had been communicating with an undercover officer posing as a schoolboy.

Knott admitted attempting to cause a child to engage in sexual activity and attempting to breach a sexual harm prevention order.

Andrew Shaw for Knott said his client had suffered a stroke and had depression.

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