Ivall runs the website Chris Fear Paedophile Hunters, where a site introduction says “our methods of catching sexual predators may divide opinion but however there is no denying that we are raising awareness of an issue we should all be concerned about.”
Ivall told the jury he set up a fake Facebook account in the name of a 14-year-old, using the picture of a friend when she was that age.
The public profile gave the girl’s date of birth as being 2002. “We make the girl’s age clear, straight away,” he said.
On Tuesday 3 May he received a friend request from Torevell and two days later the defendant is said to have told the ‘girl’ saying she was ‘bang tidy’
The jury heard Torevell said ‘I hope you don’t mind chatting to an older guy’ and later sent her explicit pictures of himself and messages that made it clear he wanted sex.
In another message, the doorman told her: “I work in a few clubs in Manchester. I am a bouncer. When I am bored I take my black Harley Davidson for a blast.”
Mr Ivall said he made it clear the girl was 14, offering the defendant a way out.
“I am not a paedophile,” the defendant told the jury. “The conversations on Facebook were crude, but it was bravado. She never once said I was being inappropriate, but she would reply with kisses and smiley faces.
“I thought she existed and I was going to meet the woman in the photograph. There is no way I would date a 14 year old girl.”
Judge Philip Bartle QC granted him bail while probation reports are prepared, but warned Torevell: “You have been found guilty of an extremely seriously offence. There is a real likelihood the sentence will be one of immediate custody.”
Sentencing is scheduled to take place on October 21.