He was caught after arranging a meeting at a train station and was confront by two vigilantes who filmed the encounter.
Gifford, from Abertillery, in Blaenau Gwent, denied two charges of attempting to incite a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, and attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.
Actions such as online communication have been defended by suspected offenders using the so-called "fantasy defense", in which those accused argue that they were only expressing fantasies and not plans of future behavior. S., case law draws a distinction between those two and some people accused of "grooming" have successfully used this defense.
Sexual grooming of children also occurs on the Internet.
To establish a good relationship with a child and the child's family, child groomers might do several things: They might try to gain the child's or parents' trust by befriending them, with the goal of easy access to the child.
Child groomers might look for opportunities to have time alone with the child, which can be done by offering to babysit; the groomers may also invite the child for sleepovers, for opportunistic bed sharing.
The court heard Gifford told police after his arrest: "I hope I die before this is out.
He was confronted by the group when he arrived to meet the fictional girl at Llanhilleth Railway Station near Abertillery.
The proscribed traffic was international in nature at that time.
The concept of localised grooming, in which gangs groom neighbourhood victims, was defined in 2010 by the UK Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.
Detective Inspector Kay Wallace surrounded by computers, mobile phones and digital storage devices seized from the homes of suspected paedophiles.
Online grooming of youngsters via chat rooms and webcams is an area COST team officers are encountering more and more.