May 13, 2021
The plan from the Sentencing Council says judges should look at intent, rather than whether a child was harmed.
Undercover operations with officers posing as children are a common way of uncovering paedophile rings.
Offenders have sought reduced jail terms if no child came to harm.
The rules will cover the sentencing of all abusers caught via stings, usually operating online – including those run by police forces around the world and traps set by informal groups of people often dubbed “paedophile hunters”.
Current guidelines have long been interpreted as meaning