By Sophie Norris
A charity worker who asked underage girls for ‘naughty pictures’ and threesomes admitted ‘I’m ashamed of myself’ following an on-camera sting.
Toni Stevens, 32, pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual communications with children at Plymouth Magistrates Court last week.
He had arranged to meet several girls under 14 for sex at hotels across the country and had been speaking to at least 39 decoys online at the time of his arrest.
He was remanded in custody to appear at Exeter Crown Court on December 19 for sentencing.
In chat logs released by UK Database founder, Chris, who did not wish to disclose his surname, the community volunteer discussed having a threesome with his ex-girlfriend.
After being confronted, Toni sheepishly stated ‘I’m ashamed of myself’ and hung his head while listening to chat logs from his conversations over WhatsApp.
Chris, 42, said: “Toni had been speaking to at least 39 underaged girls online and had arranged to meet a lot of girls countrywise. He told [several decoys] he would book a hotel room to facilitate the threesome.
“In this sting, he originally told the decoy to meet him at Taunton Travelodge at two o’clock on the Monday. He’d arranged to meet our other decoys in Coventry, Birmingham and Manchester.
“Strangely, he had no intention of actually meeting up with any of them. We knew he wasn’t going to turn up to the meetings, so we called the charity that he volunteered at called Hele’s Angels.
“We told a member of staff we had worked with Toni when previously homeless and had come into money and wanted to thank him.
“Toni does a lot of charity work in the community. I said to him when we met ‘the work you do in the community is outstanding’.
“The best feeling you get from doing this is the reaction when these people finally realise that their lives are over. It’s not necessarily the convictions because the sentences can be lenient and varied.”
As part of the sting, Chris and members of the Plymouth Against group set up decoy profiles and spoke to Toni over messaging apps.
Working on the website in his own time, Chris often spends three hours a day answering emails from victims and adding offenders to his database.
In the messages exchanged between Toni and the decoy, the conversation quickly turns from general chit-chat to sexually explicit content despite the paedophile knowing the account he was talking to was supposedly 14-years-old.
Chris said: “He’d written in his messages ‘Hi Gorgeous’ and the decoy said ‘I’m 14, is that okay?’ Around 90 per cent will carry on the conversation while the rest will say no.
“Within three or four pages of conversation, it turns quite sexually explicit and he said he wanted to meet up. He said ‘I have a girlfriend and she wants a threesome’.
“He then sends images of her naked. This woman was actually an ex-girlfriend from a few years ago and knew nothing about it.
“Finally, he starts sending images of himself lying on the bed with his manhood out. The decoy never spurs him on but just goes along with it.
“When we arrived, he’d gone to the shop so we went up there to meet him on his way back.
“When we first met him he was in shock. He said ‘I thought they were over 18’ but we showed him the chat logs where she says ‘I’m 14 is that okay?'”
The UK Database was founded by Chris a decade ago and so far has over 60 million hits. The website allows anyone to search and find convicted paedophiles in their area.
Chris said: “My main aim is to give victims a voice. They get to a certain age where they want to speak out and often they’ll happily even say ‘yes, it was my dad, mum, uncle, aunty’.
“The police in Devon have been fantastic and have advised and supported us.
“My website has over 60 million hits since we launched and lists the details of 67,000 convicted paedophiles.”
Toni was arrested on the scene at 2.15pm last Monday after the group called Torquay Police.
Plymouth Magistrates Court confirmed that Toni pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual communication with a child and attempting to cause a child aged 13 to 15 to watch or look at an image of sexual activity.
The charity, Hele’s Angels, which supports the local community, claim Toni never had contact with children while working there.
The chairman of Hele’s Angels, Dennis Hagger, said: “The man has worked for us since April as a volunteer. At no time did he have contact with children on our premises.
“He was never left alone while there were other people there.
“We help adults with learning difficulties and mental health issues to get them food vouchers and
help them to write CVs and get them into work. He had helped more than 50 people back into work since he started here.
“We have been taking a bit of flak from people about this – but we have to move on. We’ve got a charity to run.”