Paedophile jailed after posing as schoolgirl on social media

Anthony Nelson, 52, from Shildon was sentenced to four years and eight months for three charges relating to child sex abuse. Credit: Durham Police

A paedophile who posed as a 14-year-old schoolgirl on Facebook to groom victims has been jailed after being caught out by a police officer pretending to be an 11-year-old.

Anthony Nelson, 52, from Shildon was sentenced to four years and eight months for three charges relating to child sex abuse.

Teesside Crown Court heard he befriended an 11-year-old, whose parents alerted the police. Officers seized computers with 1,400 indecent images of children.