Man caught in paedophile hunter sting after arranging to meet ’12-year-old girl’
A man who arranged to meet what he thought was a 12-year-old girl he had groomed online was caught in a sting by a paedophile hunter group, a court has heard.
When Darryl Anthony Wilson turned up at Port Talbot train station he found not a young girl but members of the organisation, who performed a citizen’s arrest.
Swansea Crown Court heard that in November last year 47-year-old Wilson contacted a person purporting to be a young girl on the messaging service Kik.
Under the user name “Pussy cat” he began exchanging messages with the other account, which was in fact being run by a group calling itself Welsh Child Protective Services.
Craig Jones, prosecuting, said Wilson began asking about which school the “girl” went to, about her friends, and details of where she liked to go shopping.
The court heard the person behind the girl’s account repeatedly said she was 12 but the conversation continued, and soon turned sexual.
The prosecutor said Wilson went on to ask what he believed to be a young girl if she had developed breasts, if she had ever “played with a guy”, and whether she would send him a photo.
The defendant sent her a picture of himself performing a sex act.
Mr Jones said: “There can be no doubt the tone of the conversation was a sexual one.”
Matters came to a head at the end of the same month when Wilson arranged to meet the girl at Port Talbot station.
The court heard the group behind the girl’s profile had researched Wilson on Facebook and knew what he looked like, and also knew what kind of car he drove – when he arrived in the car park of the station he was approached by members of the group who performed a citizen’s arrest, and called the police.
Wilson, of no fixed abode, had previously pleaded guilty to attempting to incite a child he believed to be under 13 to engage in sexual activity, attempting to cause a child he believed to be under 13 to watch a sex act, and attempting to meet a child he believed to be under 13 following sexual grooming when he appeared in the dock for sentencing.
The court heard that though he had a “bad record” for offences committed as a young man – especially burglaries – he had no recent convictions, and none of a sexual nature.
Judge Paul Thomas QC told Wilson it was he who had initiated contact with someone who he believed to be a 12-year-old girl, he who had sent sexualised messages, and he who had then arranged to meet.
Giving Wilson a 25% discount for his guilty plea the judge sentenced him to 45 months in prison, made him subject to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order, and ordered that he be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life.