February 2018

Pervert caught by paedophile hunters trying to meet a girl, 13, for sex

A pervert was caught by paedophile hunters after he turned up to meet a child for sex.

Mark Wall, 31 was carrying condoms in his pocket when he arrived at a city train station to have an illegal liaison with a 13-year-old girl.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Wall thought he had been chatting to the youngster over the internet last February.

But in reality he had been snared by Dark Justice, an undercover organisation that aims to expose adults looking for illegal contact with children online.

The court heard Wall had sent a explicit picture to the profile he thought was the girl and made illicit suggestions.

He asked if the teen ‘wanted to have sex’ and discussed ‘where they would meet to have sex’.

When Wall arrived at Newcastle Central Station to meet the teenager, he was met by a member of Dark Justice.

Prosecutor Michael Bunch told the court: ‘He describes the defendant just standing there, he didn’t try to make off or resist, he stood and waited.

‘He said he had made a mistake and he would not have done anything. Officers arrived and arrested the defendant.’

Wall, of North Shields, North Tyneside, pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.

Mr Bunch added: ‘Communication indicates sexual activity was intended. There was a number of postings to that effect.’

Recorder Eric Elliott QC sentenced Wall to 16 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with programme requirements and sex offender treatment.

Wall must sign the sex offenders register and abide by a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for ten years.