Bus driver jailed after sting by online paedophile hunters Dark Justice
A bus driver who sent lewd footage of himself to someone he thought was a schoolgirl has been jailed for 16 months.
Married grandfather James Wilson went to an online teen chat room looking for youngsters to communicate with
Using a fake profile claiming he was aged 22 and called Billy, the 53-year-old began chatting to someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl.
A court heard the conversation quickly became sexual and Wilson sent webcam footage of himself committing a sex act and requested indecent images of the youngster.
In fact he was being duped by online paedophile hunters Dark Justice, who were behind the teenager’s profile.
Now Wilson, who handed himself in to police after realising what had happened and resigned from his job, has been jailed by Newcastle Crown Court.
Judge Edward Bindloss told him: “You created a fake profile online under the name of Billy with the fake age of 22 and you went and sought a teen chat room.
“Dark Justice had created a fake profile with a fake age of 13 and they were also in the teen chat room and you fell into conversation.
“You thought you were communicating with a young girl aged 13 and within ten minutes your chat had turned sexually explicit.
“It was a very fast manoeuvre from general chat to sexually explicit material and I’m satisfied you were seeking teenagers and wanted to engage in sexual discussion with them.”
The court heard Wilson communicated with the fake teenager on Facebook and Whatsapp.
He soon started asking if she was a virgin and talking about sexual matters.
Wilson then sent a moving image of himself on a webcam and asked for a picture of the girl.
When he realised he had been duped by Dark Justice, he disposed of his laptop and surrendered himself to police.
Kevin Wardlaw, prosecuting, said: “He was interviewed and said he was simply bored.
“He accepted an online chat between himself and what he believed was a 13-year-old girl became sexual very shortly after it commenced.
“He said he surrendered himself because he got a phone call saying the game was up and advising him to surrender to the police.”
Wilson, of Bavington Drive, Fenham , Newcastle, pleaded guilty to attempting to engage in sexual activity in the presence of a child and was jailed for 16 months, ordered to sign the sex offenders register and made subject to a sexual harm prevention order.
The court heard he has resigned from his job and is struggling to pay his mortgage.