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Former Havering Council employee sentenced for attempting to groom child for sex

PUBLISHED: 13:42 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:19 15 May 2017

A man was sentenced at court for trying to groom a boy aged 14. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Archive/PA Images.

A man was sentenced at court for trying to groom a boy aged 14. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Archive/PA Images.

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A former council employee who tried to groom a child for sex received a suspended sentence on Friday, May 12.

Nicholas Mansfield, 38, was confronted by members of vigilante group The Hunted One in September last year, after they set up a sting involving an imaginary 14-year-old boy.

Mansfield – who lived at Tallis Court, Kidman Close, Gidea Park – fell for the bait and believed he was communicating with a boy named “Sam from Harold Hill”.

He was sentenced to 18 months suspended for two years at Snaresbrook Crown Court, and has to complete 100 hours of unpaid work and pay a victim surcharge of £140.

Mansfield, who was charged with attempting to meet a boy under 16, must also sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.

A spokesman for Havering Council said: “We can confirm that Nick Mansfield worked for the council from October 11, 2010 to October 10, 2014.

“All the necessary safeguarding checks were carried out.”

It is believed the sex offender, who pleaded guilty to the offence, worked as a driver for the council’s disabled children’s service and now lives in Norwich.

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