Paedophile, 24, who was wearing Batman pyjamas when confronted by vigilantes after trying to meet young girls for sex is jailed for 10 months
A man who was caught by paedophile hunters on camera while wearing batman pyjamas has been jailed for ten months.
Warren Milne, 24, from Newcastle asked what he believed to be girls aged 13 and 14 to send him naked pictures and invited them to meet him for sex in a toilet.
In November, he was snared by paedophile hunters who confronted him at his home.
Milne was serving a suspended sentence for a similar offence when he was caught out a second time.
His father was caught on a video taken by vigilantes at their front door saying ‘Again?’ when confronted by the group.
A court heard he also sent a picture of his genitals and told some of them he was a ‘paedo’.
As the 24-year-old was jailed, a judge said he was ‘appalled’ that Milne’s innocent family have been evicted from their home as a result of his offending and ‘the way they have been treated by the (paedophile hunting) groups concerned.’
Newcastle Crown Court heard the offences came to light as a consequence of ‘self-styled groups policing the internet’, including Predator Hunter and Guardians of the North.
Between August 28 and September 17 a number of fake profiles purporting to be children were accessed by Milne.
Prosecutor Paul Rowland told the court: ‘He thought he was communicating with females who were describing themselves as being between 13 and 14.
‘He was asking them to send naked pictures, inviting them to have sex with him in a disabled toilet in Newcastle.
‘On occasions he told them he was a paedo. Less than sophisticated, one might say. On one occasion he gave his real phone number.’
The court heard he had been given an eight-month suspended prison sentence at the same court last June for similar offences, after going to a shopping centre in Newcastle to meet two fictitious children.
Milne, from West Denton, Newcastle, admitted breaching a sexual harm prevention order imposed on that occasion and four new offences of attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.
Imposing a 10 month-sentence, Recorder Ben Nolan QC told him: ‘The offences were committed within a matter of months of a suspended sentence being imposed on you in June last year for similar offences.
‘Keep away from your keyboard when it comes to anyone who posts anything on websites. You don’t understand websites like the people who seek to entrap you.
‘If you keep away from it and don’t look through it, it seems to me you will be well served.’
Pervert’s dad says ‘not again’ when his son is confronted by paedophile hunters
A pervert’s dad said ‘not again’ when his son was confronted about trying to meet underage girls for sex.
Wearing Batman pyjamas, Warren Milne answered the door to his home to a online paedophile hunters, who had caught him messaging what he thought were teenage girls on the internet.
In fact, he was chatting to members of Predator Hunters, a group who had set-up fake profiles as fictional schoolchildren in a bid to find men searching to groom and meet youngsters online.
Milne, of Hillhead Road, West Denton, Newcastle, was already subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order that he was given by Newcastle Crown Court in June this year after committing similar offences last year.
On that occasion, he was allowed to keep his freedom but was made subject of the order, which banned him from communicating with people under 16.
But, by August 20, the 24-year-old was back up to his old tricks and began explicitly chatting to what he thought was four underage girls online,
He was, in fact, messaging members of Predator Hunters, who turned up to confront Milne on his doorstep on September 17.
Now, Milne is facing an immediate jail sentence after he admitted four counts of attempting to communicate with a girl under 16 for the purpose of sexual gratification and one count of breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
He appeared via video link from prison at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court on Thursday to enter his pleas.
Sue Baker, prosecuting, said the charges were ‘attempt’ to communicate as the ‘victims’ were actually decoys.
District Judge Kate Meek said the case was so serious that Milne should be sent to Newcastle Crown Court for sentence.
The judge said: “The offences you have pleaded guilty to will be committed to the crown court.”
Gregg Stephens, mitigating, made on representations and will mitigate in full at the sentencing hearing.
Milne was remanded in custody to next appear at Newcastle Crown Court on November 30.
Convicted pervert caught for second time
An already convicted pervert that was spared prison earlier this year after he groomed what he believed was a schoolgirl has been caught again just two months after being sentenced.
Unemployed Warren Milne, 24 of Newcastle appeared at court where he faced two counts of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity
His latest offences took place online, and involved two female decoys from online child protection team ‘Predator Hunters’
Milne believed the decoys were girls aged 11 and 13 years old.
Almost immediately, Milne sent sexually explicit messages.
During the next few weeks, Milne sent pictures of his penis to the decoys and tried to coax them into sending indecent mages of themselves.
He continued to pressure them, which concerned the members of ‘Predator Hunters’ to such a degree that they felt they had to meet him immediately to expose him and his activities to the police.
The team went to his address and confronted him.
His parents who were present were informed of his re-offending, before the police arrived to arrest him
Milne admitted the latest offences and the judge remanded him in custody to appear for sentencing next month
The court was told that Milne was already a convicted sex offender who had been sentenced in June this year.
The pervert groomed what he believed was a schoolgirl online, but was exposed by online child protection team ‘The Hunted One’
On that occasion, the judge allowed Milne to walk free from court with an 8 month prison sentence which was suspended for two years.
He was ordered to take part in a 54 day sexual offender programme. He was given a 10 year sexual harm prevention order and told that he must register as a sex offender for 10 years.