Wearside sex predator snared by online paedophile hunters Dark Justice
A sex predator from Wearside was captured on camera being snared by online paedophile hunters Dark Justice.
Jeremiah Mace believed he was about to meet a 13-year-old girl he had been grooming over the internet when he was confronted by members of the group that tracks down men who are looking for sexual activity with underage girls.
At around the same time, the 65-year-old had been engaging in shocking conversations with the undercover hunters, Mace was also having sickening chats with a 15-year-old girl.
The youngster, who sent Mace explicit pictures of herself engaging in a sexual act, was left “suicidal” as a result of their contact and scared to walk the streets alone in case she bumped into him.
At Newcastle Crown Court, Mace pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a child after grooming, causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and making indecent photographs of a child.
Judge Robert Adams sentenced him to 10 months imprisonment, suspended for two years with rehabilitation requirements and sex offender group work.
Mace, of Allendale Street, Hetton Le Hole must abide by a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for life and sign the Sex Offenders Register for ten years.
The judge told Mace: “You were unable to control yourself. “
Judge Adams said Mace’s jail sentence could be suspended due to his ill health,including a heart problem, and the fact that sending him to custody would result in no help from professionals to control the risk he poses.
Judge Adams told Mace: “An immediate sentence, although not impossible, would of course, in your circumstances be much more difficult than for someone who is able bodied.
“It would not deal with the ongoing risks you pose as a result if your sexual interests. “
Judge Adams said rehabilitation would provide better public protection in the long term than a short prison sentence would.
Prosecutor Alec Burns told the court Mace had started chatting to members of Dark Justice last August, via a decoy profile they set up on dating website Scout.
Mace was quickly told he was chatting to an underage girl, a 13-year-old.
Despite this, Mace asked if the girl wanted him to “talk naughty” and the conversations turned sickeningly explicit.
Mace said during the chats he “wanted her in every way possible” and described in graphic detail what he would like to do.
Mace said he believed the girl was not ready for full sex but later asked “do you want it”.
He was confronted by Dark Justice and captured on camera when he turned up to meet the girl in Newcastle city centre.
The court heard during the unrelated online chats with the 15-year-old girl, Mace talked in extremely sexual terms.
She sent him graphic photographs of herself and later told police she felt “ashamed and humiliated” by their contact.
The girl said in a victim impact statement: “At times I felt suicidal, I didn’t want to think back to what happened.
“I wanted all of it to go away.”
The youngster said she felt “panicked and anxious” while out alone and needed counselling.
After the hearing, Dark Justice hit out at the “soft sentence” Mace received.
In a statement they said: “Where is the justice for his victim who is scared to walk the streets alone because of him?
“He has been given no real punishment for destroying her life.
“What happened today was not justice.”