A 37-year-old Hull man flew to Canada to meet a teenage girl he had been grooming on the Internet, a court heard.
When Brett Moses arrived in Vancouver, he then took an 11 hour bus journey to meet the 13-year-old in Grand Forks.
He was stopped by Canadian police following concerns by the parents of one of the girl’s friends.
Moses, a security guard in Hull, has now been given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, after earlier pleading guilty to sexual grooming. Hull Crown Court heard that he first started speaking to the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, on an Internet chat room in 2004.
He claimed to be a 13-year-old called John Smith and initially spoke to the girl’s father. It was him who introduced Moses to his daughter, having heard claims of “John” being beaten and abused by a foster father. The correspondence continued for seven or eight months, in which time Moses was introduced online to some of the 13-year-old’s friends.
It was June 2005 when Moses travelled to Canada. On arrival to Grand Forks, he telephoned the 13-year-old girl, but got no reply. He then called her friend, whose parents questioned Moses and went to meet him, asking to see identification.
The prosecution said Moses claimed to have lost his ID, saying he was Brian Patterson and that John Smith was his foster son, and had been too ill to travel. Eventually Moses confessed to the authorities, was detained and deported to the UK, where he was met by British police.