Children’s entertainer caught by paedophile hunters trying to meet girl for sex
A children’s entertainer was caught by ‘paedophile hunters’ has he tried to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex.
Michael Monks, 37, sent pictures and videos of himself performing sex acts to a person he thought was a schoolgirl.
The dad asked the supposed child ‘Evie’ for oral sex and suggested they stay the night at a hotel or bed and breakfast.
But the pervert – who worked as a DJ and entertainer at children’s parties – was in fact talking to an online child protection team
Liverpool Crown Court heard Monks, of Richmond Terrace, Anfield, was snared by volunteers from the group Keeping Kids Safe.
Henry Riding, prosecuting, said they set up a fake profile on the chat website Hitwe and ‘Evie’ told Monks she was only 13.
He asked for her phone number so they could chat on WhatsApp, said he loved her and requested, but did not receive, naked pictures.
Mr Riding said they chatted from October 3 to November 10 last year – conversations which ended with Monks arranging for them to meet.
Monks claimed they could just “cuddle” if she didn’t want sex, but said he would like to “snog” and for her to sleep naked.
He offered to buy her underwear and said she would “look sexy in a thong”, but did not turn up for the meeting in Derby.
Mr Riding said the group used his phone number to track down his address, after they found him selling a TV stand online.
Members confronted him at his home, live streamed the encounter on Facebook Live and called the police, who arrested him.
Officers seized computer equipment at his home and found he had downloaded and shared sickening pictures of children.
This included five Category A – the most serious category – 14 Category B and 74 Category C indecent images of children.
One of the Category A files was of a child aged between eight and 10 performing oral sex on an adult man.
Mr Riding said Monks made “full and frank admissions” to police, but initially denied being sexually interested in children.
He said: “He said he did casual work as a DJ although he was unemployed and operated as a kids entertainer at birthday parties.”
Monks, who confessed to having a “school uniform fetish”, said he also sent videos to other girls, but denied meeting any of them.
The dad, who has a previous conviction for burglary and theft in 2014, admitted attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.
He pleaded guilty to attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act.
Monks also admitted three counts of making (downloading), two of distributing and one of possessing indecent images of children.