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Pictured: Face of paedophile who tried to meet ‘girl’ for sex

Byoxfordnewspaper

Jul 29, 2022

This is the face of a sex offender who had a clown outfit at his home.

Paul Hearn, 56, turned up to what he thought would be a meeting with the 13-year-old girl in Oxford armed with condoms and baby oil.

The Milton Keynes man had been chatting online to the ‘girl’ for several days in the run up to the meeting.

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But the ‘girl’ was in fact a police officer trawling the net for would-be sex offenders. And rather than a teenager, Hearn was met by officers from Thames Valley Police.

When officers visited Hearn’s home in Milton Keynes, they found further sex toys, baby oil and a clown outfit. He also had indecent images of children saved on his digital devices.

He was jailed for two-and-a-half years at Oxford Crown Court earlier this month, having pleaded guilty to attempting to arrange or facilitate the commission of a child sex offence, attempted sexual communication and possession of indecent images.

Judge Nigel Daly told Hearn: “One has to ask oneself what would have happened if there had been a 13-year-old girl waiting at the station for you.”

Thames Valley Police has now released Hearn’s custody shot.

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This story was written by Tom Seaward. He joined the team in 2021 as Oxfordshire's court and crime reporter.

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