June 2017

Man almost collapses after ’13-year-old girl’ revealed as paedophile hunters

A man who had arranged to meet a 13-year-old girl at a Greggs bakery almost collapsed when he was instead confronted by online child protection team

Michael Nevin, 44, thought he was meeting a girl called Robin who he had been speaking to for weeks.

But he came face to face with members of Guardians of the North, who had been posing as the child on social media, at the shop in Park Lane, Sunderland.

After Nevin, of Arnold Street, Boldon Colliery, County Durham, was handed a suspended sentence, the pair released messages sent between them.

In one message, Nevin wrote: ‘Would u like to b treated like older lass or a girl of ur age.’

He then said: ‘I mean would u like to touched kissed and cuddled.’

Nevin initially claimed he ‘wanted to be friends’ with the child, and told officials he got into conversations because of ‘social anxiety and boredom’.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the pair got in contact through social media and Nevin talked about her visiting his home.

He said he would put on his pyjamas, and joked about her sharing a shower with him.

Nevin pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.

Man almost collapses after '13-year-old girl' revealed as paedophile hunters

Judge Bob Spragg sentenced him to nine months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with rehabiliation requirements plus a ten year sexual offences prevention order and ten year sex offender registration.

‘There was an arrangement to meet at Greggs in Park Lane, Sunderland. You were met not, as you expected, by her, but representatives of Guardians of the North.’