Online groomer who arranged to meet girl at Exeter Central station dies while awaiting jail sentence

An online groomer who was caught by two different internet sting operations has died while awaiting sentence.

Martin Whitby was already on a community order when he was trapped by a paedophile hunting group which set up a false Facebook profile which claimed to be that of a 14-year-old girl.

He sent messages over a period of two days in January this year which discussed meeting the girl for sex but which never got as far as arranging a rendez-vous.

It was the second time Whitby has been caught in identical circumstances. In February 2018, he was trapped by the Welsh based paedophile hunter group PH Balance.


He arranged to meet a 15-year-old girl at Exeter Central station without realising he was communicating with a decoy. He said he wanted to give her cannabis

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