January 2018

This pervert is behind bars after paedophile hunters caught him trying to meet underage girls

This pervert is behind bars after he was snared by two sets of paedophile hunters trying to meet underage girls for sex.

Christopher Wise had discussed the existence of groups such as Dark Justice as he chatted to what he thought were girls aged 14 and 15.

He referred to “loads of people trying to catch people meeting underage lasses” – unaware that’s exactly what was happening to him on social media website Scout.

The 42-year-old former engineer turned up to meet a youngster on Newcastle Quayside only to be confronted by the paedophile hunters.

Now he has been jailed for 14 months after admitting attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.

Judge Tim Gittins, at Newcastle Crown Court, said Wise had displayed an “unnatural urge to gain sexual gratification” from being engaged with the underage girls.

He added: “You began two separate series of conversations, grooming conversations, with girls you believed were 15 and 14.

“Very early in the conversations it was made clear to you the age of the purported girl and nonetheless you continued to engage with them, quickly descending into sexual discussions and centring on you wanting to meet them to have penetrative sexual intercourse, full sexual intercourse.

“In fact, it transpired, one of the profiles was being operated by a group self-styled as Dark Justice, and the other, self-styled group, Guardians of the North, who created such profiles with the intention of ensnaring those who would wish to meet with real children under the age of consent.

“Ultimately, you attended the arranged location on July 3. It was clearly a surprise to you that you had not been corresponding, in fact, with children but with individuals from those organisations.

“You knew the risk you were taking, not just with the girls underage but the risk of being caught by organisations such as those that were involved with you.”

 
Christopher Wise

During the online chats, Wise said he wanted sex with the girls, despite knowing they were underage.

He told the 15-year-old, who claimed to be a virgin, horse riding schoolgirl, she was old enough to consent to sex and sent her a picture of his penis.

Wise told the 14-year-old she would experience “enjoyment and ecstasy” if they met and had sex.

Prosecutor Neil Pallister told the court Wise had discussed the existence of paedophile hunter groups while chatting to the girls’ profiles and knew the risks he was taking.

Mr Pallister said: “The defendant appears not to have been able to help himself.

“He actually said ‘there are loads of people, I think, trying to catch people meeting up with underage lasses, people trying to catch people, younger lasses meeting older men.”

The court heard Wise was confronted on July 3 last year when he arrived to meet the 15-year-old on Newcastle’s Quayside.

He had told the 14-year-old’s profile, who asked to meet him on the same day, that they would have to “postpone” their date.

The court heard Wise said to police at the scene “I will admit it all”.

Wise, of Brigham Avenue, Kenton, Newcastle, admitted two charges of attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.

As well as the 14 month prison sentence, he must sign the sex offenders register for ten years and was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order.

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