November 2018

Jailed: Pervert caught by paedophile hunting team

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A sexual predator that targeted a young girl online has been jailed after he was caught out in a paedophile hunting sting

David John Lansdowne/Pick, 59 appeared at Newcastle Crown Court where he was sentenced for sexual communication with a child

The court was told that Lansdowne/Pick had contacted the online profile of who he believed was a young girl. He went on to send sexually explicit messages and images.

However, the girl did not exist, and was instead a decoy from paedophile hunting team ‘Geordie Chasers

The pervert had already been caught once by the paedophile hunting team, but he returned online five months later and was caught by the same team again.

He moved to Hartlepool from Ashington and changed his name from Lansdowne to Pick in order to hide his true identity

Pick, of Chad House, Hartlepool, initially denied chatting with the ‘girl’ but when the paedophile hunters sent him messages from her profile his mobile phone immediately pinged.

One group member, known only as Geordie, said: ‘It was quite funny, he had the app open on his phone and was getting messages from us even while he was saying it wasn’t him.

‘We were very clear about the girl’s age but that did not deter him. He made his intentions very clear from the start of the conversation.’

In the video a member of Geordie Chasers tells Pick: ‘You are here to meet a 13-year-old girl, my son.’

He replies: ‘No, I am not. I have just been to the shop.’ 

But the paedophile hunter tells him: ‘Yes you are my son.’

Pick’s phone goes off in his top pocket after he is sent a message by the group and they tell him to show them the screen, which reveals he is logged on to the app.

Another group member says: ‘You still have the conversation open on your phone and you are trying to deny it.’

Pick had travelled 30 miles from his home in Hartlepool, Cleveland, to meet who he thought was the young girl in the car park of Matalan in Killingworth, Newcastle.

The judge handed him an 18 month custodial sentence which was reduced to 13 months for pleading guilty.

10 years on the sex offenders register

10 year sexual harm prevention order (SHPO)