November 2019

Asda pervert who sent ’13-year-old girl’ photos online snagged by paedophile hunters

A former Asda employee was followed home from work by paedophile hunters after sending photos to who he thought was a 13-year-old during an online chat.

Edward Armstrong, 59, fell into a trap by group Dark Justice who posed as a girl named Amy.

The account told Armstrong she was just 13 but he told her he “wanted to see her naked body” and talked about sexual contact.

He did say “no sex until 16,”

But he’s now been made to sign the sex offenders register after a judge heard of his warped messages.

The pervert was spared jail at Newcastle Crown Court but given a two year community order with rehabilitation requirements. He admitted attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.

Sentencing the former supermarket worker, Recorder Tom Little QC said: “This is one of many sting type operations undertaken by various groups and in this case you were subjected to one of those sting operations.

“A fake profile in the name of Amy was established on the internet on a site called Qeep.

“On August 7, 2017 you added Amy as one of your contacts. You became aware at an early stage Amy was purporting to be 13 years of age.

“You asked to chat with her on Kik app and you provided your mobile phone number.

“You made sexual remarks referring to pornography, requested indecent images of her but none were sent to you by her.

“You said you wanted to see her naked body, made various comments about sexual contact though you did say ‘no sex until 16’.

“These were serious and significant sexual communications.”

The court heard Armstrong, of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, sent the “girl” a picture of himself in his Asda uniform.

But Dark Justice was able to establish which branch of the supermarket chain he worked for in Washington, Tyne and Wear, waited for him to finish, followed him home and passed his address to police.

He was arrested shortly afterwards.

The judge gave Armstrong credit for admitting responsibility at an early stage.

“You sent her a picture of yourself in your Asda uniform and as a result those who set up the operation were able to track you down and identify you on in October 2017 at the Asda where you worked,” he said.

“They followed you home and the police were informed.”

Armstrong will abide by the terms of a sexual harm prevention order for five years.