Suffolk police had set up an online sting operation to catch Alan Wright (pictured) with one officer posing as a 14-year-old boy
A former Freemason Grand Master is facing jail after he was caught in a police sting trying a lure a child into sex.
Alan Wright, 75, regularly went to meetings at Freemasons Hall in St James Street London.
He was described as a ‘significant’ figure of the organisation which is also popular with Prince Michael.
Wright was arrested last November at Bury St Edmunds railway station in Suffolk, the Express reported.
He thought he was there to meet a 14-year-old boy he’d talked to online, and sent pictures of his private parts.
But instead when he arrived he was greeted by Suffolk police, who’d set up an online sting after gathering information on Wright’s private life.
A specialist officer had posed as a child on the gay dating app Grindr.
Wright will appear at Ipswich Crown Court for sentencing next month, and is facing up to ten years in prison.
He was a former Grand Master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters, although he resigned from the Freemasons when details of his activities came to line.
Wright had sent the 14-year-old pictures of his private parts, and arranged to meet with him on the gay dating app Grindr
A spokesman for the United Grand Lodge of England said: ‘We were made aware of an allegation against a Freemason on December 1 2016, who immediately resigned from the organisation.
‘Having learned of the situation we have no further information currently, and fully believe that this is a one-off, isolated incident.
‘United Grand Lodge of England places great importance on total transparency in its dealings with members and we have a robust disciplinary system to deal with members who break the law, break our rules or conduct themselves in a way that would bring Freemasonry into disrepute.’
Source: Freemason – Google Alert (GN)