Pervert caught by paedophile hunters
A pervy pensioner caught by paedophile hunters engaging in internet sex chats with who he believed to be 12 and 13-year-old girls has been sent to prison.
John Franklyn Williams, 71, of Leskinnick Place in Penzance, was door-knocked by members of the group Hunters 24/7 who had travelled nearly 350 miles to question him after conversations with their decoy profiles.
Williams went on trial at Truro Crown Court on Monday charged with two counts of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and two of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child charges.
Following a short period of deliberation a jury rubbished Williams’ account that he knew all along they were paedophile hunters and was playing along to call them out, convicting him of all four charges.
Prosecuting the case, Paul Grumbar said: “On September 22, 2017, police received a call asking them to attend a property in Penzance.
“When police arrived they were met by a man wearing a jumper which had Hunters 24/7 written on it.
“The people at the address were members of a paedophile hunters group who explained to the officers that female adults had been communicating with the defendant over the internet pretending to be young girls and that the defendant engaged with them with sexually explicit messages.
“They explained that they were filming a live stream of their interactions with the defendant. The defendant was then arrested on suspicion of child grooming offences and taken to the police station.
“The messages between the defendant and the two decoys was retrieved and it is clear and obvious that he was obtaining sexual gratification from them.”
During the trial the jury was then showed the Hunters 24/7 video in which they explain to Williams that they’ve travelled 347 miles to see him and that he was talking to decoys he believed to be real girls aged 12 and 13.
The hunters describe that Williams told the decoys that he wanted to have sex with them, asking what difference age makes.
He also nicknamed his penis and the girls’ genitals during chats and asked them questions about their underwear, urging them to send him pictures and videos.
Judge Simon Carr jailed Williams for 21 months.
Pervert caught by paedophile hunting team
A pervert caught by paedophile hunting team ‘Totnes Justice’ has avoided a prison sentence
Colin Clay from Ellesmere Port was caught after groomed what he believed was a schoolgirl online.
Clay sent a string of sexual messages to the child with the clear intent of engaging the child into sexual activity.
However, the child did not exist and was instead an adult member of paedophile hunting team ‘Totnes Justice’
Clay was handed a one year prison sentence which was suspended for two years
A ten year sexual harm prevention order was put in place and Clay was told to register as a sex offender for ten years
Paedo hunters trap online predator who tried to groom girl he thought was 13
An online predator who spent five days sending sexualised messages to what he thought was a 13-year-old girl was trapped by a paedophile hunting group.
Shaun Taylor-Barker filmed himself carrying out a sex act to the girl, who turned out to be a decoy created by a member of the Justice for the Innocent group.
Taylor-Barker was confronted on the doorstep of his former home in Barnstaple by the paedophile hunters who were backed up by members of the Totnes Justice group.
They filmed the encounter and uploaded it onto Youtube, where it has been seen 535 times. It shows the back of one of the group’s members as he speaks to Taylor-Barker through a partially opened front door.
The chat logs showed he had repeatedly asked the decoy to touch herself sexually or send him images of herself.
He moved to Oldham after being interviewed by the police and was only traced last month and brought back to Devon in custody.
Taylor-Barker, aged 47, formerly of Barnstaple but now of Manchester Road, Oldham, admitted six counts of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and one of attempting to cause a child to watch sexual activity.
He was remanded in custody by Judge Timothy Rose at Exeter Crown Court, who adjourned the case until next month and ordered a probation pre-sentence report.
He told him: “The most likely outcome of this case is a prison sentence, although the sentencing judge will consider all options.
“This was an attempt, albeit an impossible attempt because the other person did not exist, in which penetration was anticipated or encouraged.
“Amongst other features, there was a significant disparity in age and a persistent course of action.”
Taylor-Barker was caught when he sent messages over a five day period from February 3 to February 8, 2019.
He sent a pornographic image to the decoy on February 7.
One of latest men to sign perverts’ register
A sex offender is waiting to learn his fate after he admitted attempted sexual communication with a child.
Martyn Vaughan, 28, pleaded guilty to trying to communicate with a person “purporting to be under 16” for sexual gratification between November 25, 2017 and January 8, 2018.
He also admitted two charges of making indecent photographs of children – 24 images on a phone – between October 2017 and January 2018.
And he admitted distributing one indecent picture of a child, in the most serious legal category, on a phone on January 7 last year.
Stephen Constantine, defending, said: “There’s something of a background as far as this defendant is concerned.
“He does not have any previous convictions for similar offences.”
He asked for sentencing to be adjourned for psychiatric and pre-sentence reports at Teesside Crown Court.
Judge Deborah Sherwin told Vaughan: “I cannot sentence you today because there need to be different reports prepared about you before a judge can pass sentence.
“Because of your guilty pleas you’re now required to register as a sex offender.”
She bailed Vaughan, of Sheriff Street, Hartlepool, until he is sentenced on February 5 next year.
She added: “None of this is give any promises. Ultimately the judge who deals with you will have much more information about you than I have today.
“All options will be open.”
Dangerous paedophile presents high risk to post-pubescent children
A dangerous paedophile who presented a high risk to post-pubescent children was jailed for abusing an underage girl – while being investigated for a string of sex crimes against children.
The pervert assaulted the child as police built case against him for grooming four people he believed were children as young as 12.
Pizza delivery driver Ashley Vernon was originally caught by undercover paedophile hunters after he sent them sexually explicit messages and photographs, assuming they were minors.
In reality they were decoys set up by the group who turned up at his former address to confront him.
Vernon, 33, was not at his home in Heanor, Derbyshire, but the paedophile hunters managed to trace him to a pub in Somercotes.
He drove himself to Ripley Police Station in Derbyshire after being confronted and was arrested.
Stuart Lody, prosecuting, told Derby Crown Court how Vernon created a false username on social media and began messaging ‘Cherry, Holly, Ellie and Anna’ – a quartet created by the paedophile hunters.
Mr Lody said: ‘He drove himself to the police station, telling officers when he arrived he was being followed and filmed by the group,which was exactly what was happening.
‘He told them he had no intention of arranging to meet any girls and did not get sexual gratification from underage girls.’
But while being investigated, Vernon prayed on another underage girl and sexually abused her in his pizza delivery van.
Mr Lody said Vernon touched her sexually and talked her into doing the same to him.
When he was arrested a second time, the predator admitted what happened in the van.
He pleaded guilty to charges including sexual activity with a child, attempting to incite a child into engaging in sexual activity, and causing a child to watch a sex act.
Laura Pitman, mitigating, said her client – who had one unrelated previous conviction for harassment – had pleaded guilty and spared his victim the need to come to court and give evidence.
She said: ‘Through me he wishes to express his remorse for what he has done and the effect his actions have had on her.
‘He does not know why he behaved in the way he did. All he can says is that as a child something happened to him of a sexual nature.’
Judge Shaun Smith QC handed Vernon a six-year prison sentence – but he will remain on licence until 2028 and on the sex offender register for life.
He said: ‘It was clearly grooming behaviour and I have no doubt whatsoever you are dangerous and will be for the foreseeable future.
‘You went on to commit a physical offence while being investigated for a virtual offence and you have a sexual interest in 13 to 14-year-old girls.
‘You present a high risk to post-pubescent children.’
Online pervert caught by paedophile hunters
A pervert from west Cumbria who was snared by a paedophile hunter has been warned he faces a possible jail sentence.
At Carlisle Crown Court, Stephen McCue, 59, entered a guilty plea to a single charge of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity between June and June 10.
The court heard that at the time he believed he was communicating with a 13-year-old girl.
Judge Julie Clemitson ruled that the defendant should be sentenced on January 17.
In the meantime, McCue, of Mona Road, Salterbeck, Workington, was told he would be released on bail subject to stringent conditions.
These include that he has no unsupervised contact with any child and no access to the internet, including social media. Any access to does have to the internet must be approved by the police.
He will also have his name and details entered on to the Sex Offenders’ Register.
The length of time McCue will be on the register will depend on his sentence.
Judge Clemitson told the defendant: “You will receive credit for your guilty plea when you come back to this court to be sentenced on January 17.”
The judge ordered that the Probation Service should now prepare a pre-sentence background report on the defendant.
This will assess what risk he poses to the public.
The judge continued: “By adjourning the case and ordering a report I am not giving a promise or indication of how the case will be resolved.
“You are at risk of a custodial sentence.”
Judge Clemitson added that the defendant’s bail conditions will also prevent him from living in any household where there is a girl present aged under 16.
The prosecution was brought after the defendant was targeted in an online paedophile hunter’s sting.
The man behind that operation, Sam Miller, 25, was in court to see McCue plead guilty.
Man admits six child sex crimes in court
A man has been made subject to an interim Sexual Harm Prevention Order after admitting he attempted to engage children in sexual activity.
Robert Wedge, 30, formerly of Shropshire, pleaded guilty at Shrewsbury Crown Court to six offences relating attempts to communicate with several girls who were actually decoys from a paedophile hunting team
The matter was adjourned for reports until November 29 when he will be sentenced. In addition to the order Wedge, of Icknield Street, Kings Norton, Birmingham, is also subject to police notification.
He was granted bail.
Pervert caught by hunting team
A pervert will serve three years behind bars after a hunter group caught him arranging to meet a 12-year-old ‘girl’.
Attila Bajnoczi, of Bewsey Road, sent explicit messages and videos to an online decoy account posing as a child, set up by paedophile hunter group, Defending the Innocent.
On Tuesday, Liverpool Crown Court heard that the 25-year-old first contacted the decoy through an app called Skout on August 20, and she informed him she was 12.
Prosecutor Barnes said Bajnoczi continued to contact the decoy through WhatsApp and told her she was cute, nice and pretty.
The court heard how, on September 6, he asked her if she had ever had a boyfriend and if she was a virgin.
He told her: “Sex is awesome.”
Mr Barnes explained how Bajnoczi began talking explicitly about the ’12-year-old’ and sent her videos of him performing a sexual act.
Bajnoczi arranged to meet the ‘girl’ at Warrington Bank Quay station on October 13 where he was confronted by another hunter group, Confronted and Caught, who had been briefed on the situation.
This was streamed live on the group’s Facebook page and he was arrested at the scene.
Mr Rawson, representing Bajnoczi, said he has no previous convictions and has only been in the UK for one year.
Judge David Aubrey, sentencing, said that nothing other than immediate custody could be justified.
He said: “The communication that this court had heard suggests to this court the needs and requirements of a paedophile, communicating to a person their sexual fantasy containing a young child.
“You believed that you were communicating to a girl the age of 12.
“You were not.
“There was in fact no real victim but you believed you were communicating to a real victim.
“The person to whom you were communicating was in fact a decoy and a member of the group known as Defending the Innocent.
“Notwithstanding that fact that there was no real victim, that which you were expressing proves to this court that you have an unhealthy and deviant interest in children.”
As well as a three-year sentence Bajnoczi was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years.
Pervert snared by undercover paedophile hunters jailed for 12 months
A man who tried to meet up with kids for sex was confronted outside his home by the paedophile hunters he had been unknowingly talking to on the internet.
Ieuan Wyn Williams thought he was chatting online to three boys, two aged 12 and one aged 14, Mold Crown Court heard.
But the 51-year-old was in fact talking to a member of a paedophile hunter group in September this year.
Williams, of Ffordd Lannerch, Penycae, Wrexham , sent them messages, invited them to meet up and to perform sex acts, prosecutor Ffion Tomos said.
Williams admitted three charges of attempting to incite children to engage in sexual activity and a further charge of attempting to arrange or facilitate a sexual offence.
The offences occurred between September 17-20 this year.
Ms Tomos said the three fake children all asked Williams if he was okay with their age and he replied “yes” and to one of them “Nobody has to know”.
“The paedophile hunters group turned up at his address and confronted him,” the prosecutor said.
“The police arrived and neighbours were also out, given he was a vulnerable person, and he was arrested.
“In interview in a prepared statement Williams said he only had contact with people by talking to them on the internet and he would never engage in sex with a child”, said Ms Tomos.
Sentencing Williams, Judge Niclas Parry said: “This is a desperately sad but also worrying case.”
He added: “Mercifully there were no victims.
“But you continued despite the warnings you were dealing with children.
“I accept that you are genuinely remorseful and sorry.”
Judge Parry said Williams had been rendered homeless by the reaction of the local community.
He was given a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years, where he can have no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 16 and is not allowed to delete any internet history.
Pervert caught by paedophile hunting team
A pervert from Dudley caught by a group of paedophile hunters called “Defending the Innocent” has been locked up for 26 months.
A adult female member of the group posed as a 12-year-old schoolgirl and she was “groomed” for sex by 55-year-old Paul Chapman.
Judge James Burbidge QC told Chapman it was clear he wanted to “fulfil his sexual desires” as he described what he wanted to do to the girl.
Chapman, he said, had extensive contact with the woman pretending to be the girl and 100 pages of conversation were recorded containing “highly sexualised” messages.
Mr Andrew Wallace prosecuting said Chapman, who had a 2012 conviction for committing a sexual act in the presence of a child, was caught on-line by the paedophile hunters.
He suggested to the female at the other end of the line that they should meet and share a bed at a hotel before agreeing to send her a naked photograph of himself.
Chapman of Ivanhoe Street, Holly Hall admitted trying to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and he was further made the subject of a ten-year Sexual Harm Protection Order.
Mr Simon Hanns, defending, told Wolverhampton Crown Court Chapman had been leading a “lonely lifestyle.”
Chapman, the court was told, “took fright” after his arrest and he disappeared for a short time to live in woodland before finally being picked up again by police in Kidderminster.
Predatory father-of-three has been jailed for attempting to meet a 14-year-old girl
A predatory father-of-three has been jailed for attempting to meet a 14-year-old girl in Coatbridge for sex.
Perverted James Kelly, 55, spent weeks chatting online last summer to who he thought were two underage girls – the other youngster being just 12 – before arranging to meet one of them at the Showcase leisure park.
He later sent a video of himself performing a sex act to the 14-year-old – who had made her age clear to him. Kelly also sent messages to the other girl asking, “should I strip for you?” and “should I get naked on Snapchat?”
He underlined his grooming intentions by sinisterly stating: “Maybe one day you can show me”.
What Kelly didn’t know was that, rather than it being a vulnerable young girl receiving his sick correspondence, it was an adult member of the hunting group Wolf Pack Hunters UK.
The organisation’s members assume an online identity of an imaginary child in an attempt to snare potential paedophiles,
before handing them over to police.
Several of the group confronted Kelly in Kirkwood on August 4 last year and challenged him over his illegal intentions.
A video clip that has been viewed almost 250,000 times shows Kelly breaking down in tears after initially trying to act with bravado when first confronted by the camera-touting vigilantes, with pleas of, “I’ve done nothing wrong”.`
Despite the overwhelming evidence and his guilty plea, Kelly incredulously claimed he has “no attraction” to children.
During his sentencing at Airdrie Sheriff Court on Monday, his defence solicitor said: “He’s originally from Glasgow but since this came to light he left and is now in Fife.
“He says this matter has destroyed his life. He has three children, of adult ages, and a sister, who have cut off all communication with him.
“He’s an isolated individual with no close friends and has been lonely since his separation from his wife.
“He recognises the nature of these offences will give you concern about his future but he maintains he has no attraction to children.
“People from Glasgow and Coatbridge know about this matter but not in Fife where he now resides.
“He’s hoping you can deal with him by means of a community-based disposal and he will seek help under supervision. There have never been any sexual complaints about him before and says he will fully grasp a community order.”
But Sheriff Frank Pieri said: “I’ve heard everything that can be said for you but the fact remains that these are very serious charges.
“Nothing I read in the report leads me to believe I can deal with this in any way other than by a custodial sentence.
“You pled guilty so I will sentence you to 14 months in jail, otherwise it would have been 18.
“You’ll also be on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.”
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.
The ‘dangerous’ paedophile caught by Facebook hunters
A ‘dangerous’ paedophile has been jailed after arranging to meet a 14-year-old boy in Chelmsford.
Billy Keir, 45, started contacting the boy boy who he believed was called ‘Tom’ between August 20 and August 24 on Facebook Messenger.
The conversation soon moved to WhatsApp and the messages from Keir became more sexual.
He arranged to meet ‘Tom’ in Chelmsford, but when he arrived at the train station, he was confronted by members of an online paedophile hunter group.
The police were called and Keir was arrested and later charged with a number of offences.
When interviewed by officers, Keir denied that he knew ‘Tom’ was 14 and said that he didn’t write like a 14-year-old.
A search was carried out at his home address in Church Avenue, Chelmsford, where officers found a phone, condoms and lubrication.
At the time of the arrest, Keir was already subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order following a previous conviction related to sexual offences against children.
He admitted attempting to meet a child under 16 following grooming, attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act and attempting to breach a SHPO.
However, he denied attempting to communicate with a child under the age of 16 and that charge was allowed to lie on file.
Keir appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court yesterday (November 26) where he was jailed for two-and-a-half years.
He was also given a further six years on an extended licence.
Perverted pensioner with a history of sexual offences against children caught by hunting team
A perverted pensioner with a history of sexual offences against children stretching back more than five decades encouraged what he thought was a 12-year-old girl to have sex with her pet dog and a horse, a court heard.
Peter Bennett (80), of Edward Road, Somerford, was jailed for five years and 10 months at Bournemouth Crown Court by Judge Alastair Malcolm, who branded him an “adept groomer”.
The judge ignored suggestions Bennett could be spared jail as he is suffering from cancer, noting the defendant had served several spells in prison since 1963 for sexual offences involving children and already been ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.
Prosecutor Sadie Rizzo told the court a women from paedophile hunter group Stop created an online profile as a 12-year-old girl. Bennett began conversing with her in January.
Despite being told the girl in the profile was 12, Bennett’s conversation soon turned to “innuendo”, Ms Rizzo said, after the girl mentioned she owned a horse.
Over a two-month period Bennett had a series of conversations with the girl. Their chat ran to more than 200 A4 pages presented in court.
Peter Bennett being doorstepped (Photo: STOP)
“He quickly went to innuendo in relation to her horse,” Ms Rizzo said. “He then talks to her about what he says turns her on, that leads to talking about sex and then on to bestiality.
“Bennett then talks about her dog and encourages her to engage in intimate behaviour with her dog.
“He details sexual activity with a dog, says it is normal to do so, and can send her a photo of it being done.” He also described sexualised behaviour involving the horse, she said.
Bennett gave the fake girl his address. The Stop group passed it to another paedophile hunter group, which confronted him on his doorstep in March.
The encounter was live-streamed on Facebook and gained more than 100,000 views, Ms Rizzo said.
Police investigated and discovered Bennett also possessed 156 images of extreme animal pornography on two devices.
He admitted to officers on his arrest that he had engaged in sexualised chat with a minor online, but in a subsequent interview he answered “no comment” to all questions.
Ms Rizzo told the court Bennett had a “long history” of committing sexual offences against children and had been in prison several times.
His first offence in 1963 was an indecent assault on a female under 14 which resulted in Bennett being locked up. He reoffended against a female under 16 eight years later and was found in possession of obscene articles, but escaped with a suspended sentence.
The defendant’s most serious offence, Ms Rizzo said, was an incident in 1972 when he grabbed an 18-year-old girl, drove her to a secluded spot and got her to perform sexual acts – another offence which landed him in prison.
Bennett also had convictions for indecent exposure in 1969 and in the 1980s, and in 2006 appeared at Bournemouth Crown Court after he was found to have made and distributed more than 340 indecent images of children – 68 of which were at the most serious level.
This time the defendant pleaded guilty to three charges: attempting to incite or cause a girl under the age of 13 to engage in sexualised activity, attempting to communicate with a child in sexualised terms, and possessing extreme pornography.
Judge Malcolm told Bennett: “You have been a danger to children under 16 for very many years. Your first offence was in the 1960s and you have targeted children decade by decade since that time.
“In this particular case it’s fortunate that there was not a 12-year-old girl at the other end of the chat, but you did not know that.
“As far as you were concerned there was a 12-year-old and you were getting sexual gratification by grooming her and trying to get her to commit offences of bestiality.
The judge added: “You are quite clearly an adept groomer”, noting Bennett knew her apparent age and during their conversation warned her about the dangers of her speaking to people online before engaging in sexualised chat.
“These are very serious offences. And they are made more serious by your long history of offending against children underage.”
As well as the prison term he also gave Bennett an indefinite sexual harm prevention order. This bans him, on his release from prison, from owning electronic devices unless they are registered and monitored by police, stops him deleting the history of any device and requires him to make them available for inspection on request.
It also prohibits him encountering children other than inadvertently or living in a household with them unless their parent or guardian allows it and is aware of his convictions.
Man sentenced to three years probation
A pervert snared in a trap set by a “paedophile hunter” group has narrowly avoided being sent to prison.
Steven Williams (52) of Galloway Drive, Inverness, thought he was sending explicit sexual texts to a 13-year-old through Facebook Messenger.
However, he was in fact communicating with a 38-year-old woman who was a member of the vigilante group Guardians of the North.
Williams appeared at Inverness Sheriff Court where he admitted communicating with a person he believed was underage for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification.
The court was told he sent a number of sexual texts and images between July and November last year.
Depute fiscal David Morton told Sheriff Margaret Neilson at an earlier hearing that the woman purporting to be the teenage girl communicated almost daily with Williams before ceasing the messaging and passing evidence she had gathered to the police.
“The sexually explicit messages started off with the accused asking for a picture of her nightie, then her knickers,” he said.
“He then asked for a picture of her naked, but she did not send one.”
The fiscal added that the messages became more sexually explicit over time and he also told the “girl” that he “couldn’t wait to hold and touch her”.
On one occasion, the fiscal said, Williams sent a picture which appeared to be a diagram of a female reproductive organ.
The last message received from Williams was on November 20 last year when he replied to a message the woman sent, saying she was “off school ‘cause I slept in”.
His reply was: “Nice 1. A better day for ya than horrid school.”
At that point the police were contacted and Williams was arrested.
Sentence was deferred last month for the purpose of obtaining background reports.
Yesterday he was sentenced to three years supervision and ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work after social workers recommended a community-based punishment.
He will also be placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for three years.
Paedophile hunters entrapped Fife man in lewd chat with ‘child’
A man snared by a paedophile hunter posing online as a 12-year-old girl has been banned from using the internet and unsupervised contact with children.
Roderick Burns, 53, exchanged sexually explicit messages with who he thought was a girl called Katy, telling her he would show her how to have sex.
However, he was actually communicating with a member of the Defending the Innocent group and was confronted on his doorstep in Kirkcaldy by the Wolf Pack Hunters group.
At Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court Burns was placed on a community payback order with supervision for three years and on the sex offenders register.
The order includes a ban on internet access and unsupervised contact with children unless approved by his supervising order.
Sheriff Grant McCulloch told Burns: “Clearly, a man of your age trying to obtain sexual favours or humiliate a child is a serious offence and requires elements of punishment.”
He noted Burns was a first offender and was deemed to have learning difficulties and said: “Whilst a custodial sentence is always a possibility for cases such as this it’s better that you be educated and managed in the community than locked away.”
Burns admitted sending messages of a sexual nature to a person he believed to be a 12-year-old girl and attempting to communicate indecently with a young child between June 1 and 29 last year at his former home in Glamis Road, Kirkcaldy.
Using the name James51, Burns responded to the fake Katy profile and sent a series of lewd messages.
Groomer trapped by two different internet ‘paedophile hunting’ groups
A pervert has admitted trying to groom and meet under age girls after being trapped by two different paedophile hunting groups.
Dale Woolner was already being investigated for the first attempt to chat up a teenager when he fell for a second sting by the South Devon based group Totnes Justice.
He was filmed by members of three groups as he arrived to meet what he thought would be a 14-year-old girl who had travelled 200 miles to Exeter to have sex with him.
He was intercepted outside John Lewis in Sidwell Street after giving the decoy who was posing as the girl details of where he would be and what he would be wearing. He even told her that he walked with a crutch.
Woolner was trapped by Totnes Justice and the North West Hebephile Hunting group when he made contact with decoys posing as 14-year-old girls last month.
He was confronted for the first time on October 15, when evidence was passed to the police. He made contact with another decoy again and was stung for a second time.
Members of Totnes Justice and the NWHHG were joined by activists from the UK Database and filmed a 13 minute confrontation outside John Lewis in Exeter on the evening of October 22.
He was expecting to meet a 14-year-old girl called Emily and it was clear from the messages he had sent her over the previous eight days that he expected them to have full sex.
Woolner, aged 43, of Eton Drive, Exeter, admitted arranging or facilitating a child sex offence and attempting to incite a child to sexual activity between September 30 and October 15.
He also admitted attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming on October 22. The charge specifies that he made contact with ‘Emily’ on at least two occasions and intended to have penetrative sex with her.
Judge Timothy Rose adjourned sentence until next month and remanded Woolner in custody. He warned him that all options, including immediate imprisonment, remain open.
Man snared by paedophile hunters sent to prison for sending explicit messages to children