August 2018

Persistent pervert calling himself ‘Daddy’s bed’ caught trying to meet young girl AGAIN

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A persistent pervert was caught trying to meet a 13-year-old girl in an undercover police sting – four years after falling into a similar trap set by paedophile hunters Dark Justice.

David Curran was given a suspended prison sentence in January 2016 after turning up on Newcastle Quayside in 2014 to meet what he hoped was a 15-year-old and also being found with indecent images of children.

But just months after that sentence expired, he was back at it again in an online chatroom, using the disturbing profile name ‘Daddy’s bed’.

This time he was told by the person running the decoy profile “Shannon” that she was 13 – to which he replied “nice”.

Prosecutor Andrew Walker said Curran requested a private chat with the girl, who had initially advertised herself as 18 but quickly revealed she was underage.

Mr Walker said: “The defendant said he was 58 and that he liked younger girls.

“He spoke of going on a date, spending the night with her and referred to her as ‘princess’ and ‘beautiful’.

“He confirmed her age and was told again she was 13.

“He said he would kiss her and would ‘like to have a beautiful young girlfriend like you’.

“There were frequent messages about kissing and cuddling and he would refer to himself as daddy in a lot of the messages.

“He said if they went out together they would say he was her dad.

“His profile was called ‘Daddy’s bed’.”

Some of the messages were sent when he was told she was at school, having been informed she was in Year 8.

Mr Walker said: “His language became increasingly sexualised.

“He asked for pictures in her school uniform and spoke of undressing her and of ‘lots of sex’..

“On May 24 he said there should be a definite plan to meet the following day.

“He said he would like to bring her a present, like a teddy bear.

“He said he wanted her to wear a short skirt.”

At 8am the following day, police raided his then-flat in Blyth and arrested him.

On a tablet, they found 170 pictures of children from the internet, mainly females but none of them indecent.

Curran admitted contacting ‘Shannon’ but claimed it was just a fantasy and that he had no intention to meet her.

The 59-year-old, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to attempting to have sexual communication with a child and two counts of breaching a sexual offences prevention order imposed as part of the sentence in 2016 – by having a tablet without notifying his monitoring officer and by possessing photographs of children on the device.

He was jailed for two years and given a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years and must sign the sex offender register for ten years.

January 2016

Northumberland pervert ‘flushed out’ by fake teenage girl

This is the dramatic moment a middle-aged pervert was confronted by paedophile hunters when he thought he was meeting a 15-year-old girl for sex. 

David Curran had been chatting online to who he thought was a 15-year-old girl but in reality had fallen into a ‘trap’ set by Dark Justice.  

The 56-year-old walked away from the Newcastle city-centre meeting but was quickly tracked down by cops, who had been called by the group.

During the conversations, he asked questions about the girls underwear and even sent her a picture of his near naked body with her name scrawled on his chest. 

When his home was raided, officers found 1,673 indecent images of children among his porn collection of around 50,000 legal pornographic pictures and movies. 

At Newcastle Crown Court, Curran, of Warkworth, Northumberland, admitted attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming as well as making and possessing indecent photographs of children.

Prosecutor Jonathan Devlin told the court Curran had called the girl ‘sexy’, soon after they started chatting in July 2014, even after he was told she was 15. 

Mr Devlin said: ‘He asked if he could kiss her, asked a number of questions about her underwear, sent images of himself semi-naked and naked but holding his genitals.

 ‘On one of the images he had written the name ‘Becca’ on his body.’ 

The court heard within weeks Curran had suggested seeing the girl and they arranged to meet at the Millenium Bridge on Newcastle’s quayside. 

Mr Devlin said: ‘He was videoed, wearing the pink shorts described in the chat. 

‘He was approached and asked was it appropriate to meet a 15-year-old girl.’ 

The court heard Curran said he was ‘sorry’ and that his actions were ‘role play’ before leaving the meeting point and being traced by the police. 

Judge John Milford QC said Curran had ‘become isolated from the world’ and that said his actions had been ‘disturbing’. 

The judge told Curran: ‘You walked straight into a trap which had been set by others on the internet. 

‘You have developed, in mid-life, an extremely unhealthy interest in teenage girls, which you were prepared to put into effect. 

‘It is fortunate you have been foolish and you were apprehended in this way before any harm could be done to someone such as Rebecca. 

‘Immense harm has been done to the subject of the images you had on the computer.’ 

Curran was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with supervision, programme requirements, a five year sexual harm prevention order and ten years on the sex offenders register. 

The judge said far more work could be done to protect public safety if Curran could be treated in the community Anne Richardson, defending, said: ‘If he is sent to prison no work will be done with him. 

‘He will come out remaining isolated.’ 

Miss Richardson said Curran has lived a law abiding life and turned to the internet when things started to ‘go wrong’ in his personal life.

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