Dad who lost everything after being snared by paedophile hunters is found hanged

A dad who lost his family after being snared by a paedophile hunter group has been found hanged.

Robert Pearson, 56, originally of Honley, in West Yorkshire, was convicted of sexting what he thought was a teenage boy but was in fact a member of the paedophile hunter group Team Impact.

The vigilantes confronted Mr Pearson at his home in January and he was arrested at the scene.

In February, Mr Pearson, who had one previous conviction for criminal damage, pleaded guilty to attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.

A month later he was jailed for eight months.

The court heard Mr Pearson was suspended from his job of 27 years as a binman for Kirklees Council pending the outcome of the court case but later resigned.

He lost his wife of 29 years as well as his son and "faced spending the rest of his life without the two people most important to him".

Mr Pearson was found hanged at Valley Bowmen of Huddersfield, an archery range in Meltham, Huddersfield, early this morning.

A witness described finding Mr Pearson’s body before police were called to the scene at just before 6am.

Two police cars, including an investigations van, attended the scene.

Later, at around 9am, investigators from the criminal investigations department (CID) arrived and a police cordon was erected.

A statement from West Yorkshire Police said: "Police were called at 5.53am to a concern for safety in Knowle Lane, Meltham.

"Officers attended and discovered a body of a man in his 50s.

"There are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances and a file has been prepared for the coroner."

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