Student spared jail after begging paedo hunters for mercy
A student begged paedophile hunters not to contact the police after he was caught trying to meet an underage child for the second time.
Cheuk Kiu Chan was caught on camera trying to meet a boy he believed to be 15 after chatting to him online.
But the fake account had been set up by undercover organisation Dark Justice.
Despite having already been caught by another group – Guardians of the North – Chan continued chatting to what he believed was a teenage boy online and organised to meet him the next day.
The 25-year-old was confronted by members of Dark Justice outside his student accommodation in Gateshead on April 29.
When Dark Justice told him he would be arrested, Chan put his hands together and begged “no please, please give me a chance”.
He also told the group on camera “I really didn’t want to do anything” and claimed he only wanted to “chat” and “meet friends”.
Chan, of Trinity Square, Gateshead, admitted two counts of attempting to meet a child following grooming at Newcastle Crown Court.
Judge Robert Spragg sentenced Chan to a a three year community order and ordered him to take part in a sex offenders programme.
He was also told to abide by a sexual harm prevention order and sign the sex offenders register, both for five years.
Chan, who is originally from Hong Kong, is currently studying at university in Newcastle.
The first time he was caught by Guardian’s of the North he was attempting to meet who he thought was a 14-year-old boy at the same location.
A spokesperson for Dark Justice said: “He was caught twice, once by Guardians of the North and once by us.
“He was being cautious the second time and wanted videos from the decoy. He had already been under investigation.
“We are worried he will go somewhere else and do it again. A community order for a period of three years is nothing, it’s not really punishment.”
A Guardians of the North spokesperson added: “It’s a damn disgrace. You can understand getting a community order for one offence but for two it’s taking liberties.
“The judges at Newcastle Crown Court are playing russian roulette with our children. It’s not on at all, it’s a disappointing result.
“The fact he’s still able to sit in university and continue with his studies, it’s unbelievable.”