April 2018

A dad-of-one tried to meet a child for sex but ended up being exposed on Facebook Live by ‘paedophile hunters’.

Self-confessed “sex addict” Mark Hoare, 30, thought he was chatting to a 14-year-old girl, who he sent a photo of his penis.

But he had actually been set up by group Hunting 4 Justice, who confronted him and broadcast the scenes online.

Hoare, of Calgarth Road, Huyton, entered into sexual chats with a person from the group, who posed as a teenager.

Neil Bisarya, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court these conversations took place over two days in February this year.

He spoke to the decoy on the online dating website Oasis and also sent two photos of a man and woman having sex.

When Hunting 4 Justice asked him about the conversations, Hoare replied: “I don’t remember that” and “I’m not too sure”.

He then pointed out that he had two online accounts, but did not respond when questioned about the damning messages.

A member of Hunting 4 Justice explained that police were on the way and asked whether he had a tattoo on his arm.

Hoare revealed tattoos on his arms, before being shown what appeared to be a photo he sent, showing the same tattoos.

In footage lasting nearly an hour, he then confirmed he knew what he was doing was wrong and said that he was “lonely”.

Hoare admitted arranging to meet a girl who he knew was under 16 for sexual intercourse.

He also pleaded guilty to causing a child, aged 14, to look at an image of a person engaging in sexual activity.

Recorder Thomas Ryan said Hoare tried to get the supposed child to meet him and knew she was 14 and a virgin.

The judge said: “I don’t accept that you would not have met her, although you may not have gone on to have sex.”

Recorder Ryan said the case was so serious that only a custodial sentence could be imposed and jailed him for 12 months.

He handed Hoare a five-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and told him to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.