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Andrew O'Neill: Duped under-age sex groomer jailed

Andrew O'Neill Image copyright Greater Manchester Police
Image caption Andrew O'Neill lost two teeth in the assault

A man who was tricked into thinking he had arranged a sexual encounter with an under-age girl has been jailed.

When Andrew O'Neill, 25 and formerly of Skelmersdale in Lancashire, arrived in Wigan town centre on 19 April to "meet" 14-year-old "Alex" he was instead attacked and filmed by a group of men.

O'Neill admitted attempting to meet a girl under 16 and was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court to 12 months.

A man arrested on suspicion of assault and blackmail was bailed last month.

The 25-year-old is due to answer to police bail in June.

An earlier hearing at Wigan Magistrates' Court heard O'Neill had booked a hotel room.

He lost two teeth after being attacked when confronted.

O'Neill managed to escape and report what happened to police, who arrested and charged him with attempting to meet a girl under 16 following grooming.

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