April 2016

Pervert collapses after being confronted by paedophile hunters

David Hanson

This is the dramatic moment a pervert collapsed on camera when he was confronted by paedophile hunters as he waited to meet a 14-year-old girl.

David Hanson, 45 of Benwell, Newcastle fell to the floor when he realised the teenage girl he thought he had been communicating with was in fact the Dark Justice group.

Hanson exchanged more than 750 WhatsApp messages with the ‘girl’ before arriving to meet her near Newcastle’s Centre for Life.

He was carrying a rucksack containing a toothbrush, toothpaste and condoms.

Bizarrely, after being confronted by the group, he claimed he was “100 per cent behind” their cause and asked if he could join.

Hanson was given a three-year community order and he was also given a ten-year sexual harm prevention order after pleading guilty to one count of attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.

Anne Richardson, prosecuting, told Newcastle Crown Court how Hanson, from Newcastle, contacted the fake profile of an 18-year-old girl called Amanda on dating site Badoo.

Dark Justice – posing as Amanda – then messaged him saying she had lied about her age and she was 14-years-old.

But Hanson asked for her mobile phone number and continued to message her as the conversations became more sexual in nature.

Among the messages sent by Hanson were “Good baby no sex until know each other better” and “I touch u and u touch me if ur ready”.

Hanson was confronted on July 21 last year, four days after the messages began.

“That didn’t deter you, you then exchanged mobile numbers and communicated on WhatsApp. When you arrived you were confronted by Dark Justice, it was clear you were shocked when confronted.

“It seems you have lived a lonely, isolated existence since that time. You have lost everything including your job and your home. It’s clear you are ashamed.”

Hanson with beard outside court