October 2016

Man who arranged meet ‘schoolboy’ on a sex site snared by paedophile hunter

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A man who arranged to meet a ’15-year-old boy’ on a sex site was snared by a paedophile hunter.

Majid Javanbakht avoided a jail term but has been placed on the sex offenders register after ‘walking into’ the liaison.

The 35-year-old had been persuaded into meeting the ‘boy’, who was someone using a fake profile and a false name and “trying to disguise their voice as a 15-year-old might sound”

Javanbakht maintained he had no sexual interest in children and this was a “one-off experiment”, Teesside Crown Court heard on Friday.

As they discussed meeting, the bogus child suggested he was too young and was a 15-year-old virgin.

He and Javanbakht decided to meet near a swimming baths on June 22 last year, said prosecutor Robin Turton.

The correspondent finally revealed himself at the rendezvous and Javanbakht agreed to accompany him to the police station.

He told officers he thought it was a jape or a prank.

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He later pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming, his first sexual offence.

Judge Sean Morris said this was a lesson that anyone interested in such activity would end up in court and on the sex offenders’ register, “with all the humiliation that entails”.

He told Javanbakht: “Had this been a real child, and you had actually met up with a child, there would be no question you would be going away.

“Had there been any suggestion that you had interest in children on your computers or phone, you’d be going away.”

Instead, he said, they revealed “not a single hint” of such interest.

“It appears this was a wholly unacceptable one-off experiment.

“Temptation got in your way. You struck up a conversation with somebody who pretended to be a 15-year-old boy and you arranged to meet.

“You walked into this.”

He said there was no specific targeting or exploitation of a vulnerable child, no continued contact or exposure to extreme sexual content.

He said Javanbakht, of Deepdale Green, Newcastle, was forthright and ashamed and did not make threats, recruit others, lie about his age or indicate he wanted full sex.

He “only just” suspended a 16-month jail term for 18 months with 200 hours’ unpaid work