April 2017

Internet pervert snared by paedophile hunters


An internet pervert has been jailed after he was trapped by paedophile hunters posing as a 13-year-old girl.

Convicted sex offender Michael Butler, 33, from Redcar , was still sending texts to the girl “Amy” as he travelled to meet her after grooming her online.

But waiting for him at Newcastle Central Station were members of Dark Justice, an organisation which aims to catch online predators in sting operations.

The group then handed him over to the police.

Prosecutor Harry Hadfield told Teesside Crown Court that Butler was on bail that day on March 26 when he expected to meet her for sex.

Butler had asked Amy to send him sexual images of herself, but she told him that she had learning difficulties.

He had served a 15 months jail sentence for sexual activity with a girl under 13 and attempting to arrange sexual contact with an 11-year-old child who was actually a police officer child which was imposed at Burnley Crown Court in July 2014.

Butler was given a 10-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order banning him from having contact with children under 16 and from using the internet unchecked.

He breached that by making friends with a stallholder on Redcar market and associating with his three young children.

He also used his mobile phone to view child porn and deleted the history. But his public protection police officer was suspicious and an internet expert retrieved the evidence.

Mr Hadfield said that Butler had also used the name Michael Smith, without notifying the police what he had done.

He said that “Amy” invited Butler to meet her at the railway station and he was chatting to her by text on the way.

Judge Peter Armstrong told Butler: “I take the view that in the course of the text messages it was indicated to you that this girl named Amy was a vulnerable child, but nevertheless you persisted in meeting her.

“Clearly penetrative sexual activity was intended.”

The judge added: “You are clearly assessed as being someone with a high risk of sexual offending towards children.

“The Sexual Offences Prevention Order has not prevented that episode by you but happily no child has been sexually assaulted by you.

“I hope that the sentence I pass on you will enable you to undergo sexual treatment while in custody.”

Butler, of Queen Street, Redcar, was jailed for three and a half years after he pleaded guilty to two breaches of a SOPO, failing to comply with a notification requirement over the name change, attempted sexual grooming and accessing the Internet without informing his supervising officer.

August 2014

30-year-old Burnley pervert exposed himself on internet to undercover police posing as 11 year olds

A PERVERTED internet ‘fantasist’’ who talked dirty to what he thought were schoolgirls and tried to meet one for sex was caught because the ‘11-year-olds’ were actually undercover police.

Burnley Crown Court was told Michael Butler, 30, exposed himself on a webcam and said he wanted to see the ‘girl’ in Blackpool.

All the while, he was in a relationship with a 23-year-old woman he had also met over the webcam, who knew he was chatting to young girls on the net and was not bothered.

Butler told the ‘victim’ he was grooming her, knew it was against the law and he could go to jail. He described his filthy behaviour as ‘sickening’ to police when he was arrested after targeting two profiles he did not know were fictitious.

Butler, of Leyland Road, Burnley, was locked up for 16 months, after admitting two counts of attempting to engage in sexual activity with a child, one of attempting to engage in sexual activity in the presence of a child, one charge of attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity and one of attempting to arrange or facilitate a meeting with a child with the intention of engaging in sexual activity.

He was ordered to sign the sexual offenders register for 10 years and was given a 10-year sexual offences prevention order, banning him from having contact or seeking to contact any child under 16 and which also allows police to monitor his internet use.

Emma Kehoe, prosecuting, said the defendant started to chat to a ‘girl’ on the website, supposed to be for people aged 12 to 19. He told her he was 30, asked her how sexy he was, how she felt and if she was alone.

He switched to the second ‘11-year-old’s’ profile four days later. He exposed himself on a webcam and told her he was performing an indecent act.

The prosecutor said when police raided Butler’s house his partner told officers she was aware he was chatting to young girls.

Richard Taylor, defending, described Butler as ‘simple, somewhat pathetic and introverted’ and added: “He lives in something of a fantasy world, created by the internet.”