August 2018

Pervert caught by paedophile hunters posing as 14-year-old girl

A 48-year-old man called police when he discovered a group of paedophile hunters outside his Chilwell home, a court.

Mark Bate, of Gayrigg Court, had been sending sexually explicit messages to a girl he believed was 14 years old.

But the person was a decoy created by an online child protection team who tracked him to his address to confront him.

When officers arrived, they were handed downloads of his lewd conversations with the ‘child’.

At Nottingham Crown Court, he pleaded guilty to attempting to engage in sexual conversations with a ‘child’ and attempting to incite a ‘child’ to engage in sexual activity.

Judge Sarah Buckingham gave him 12 months in prison, suspended for two years, and rehabilitation activity days, including a specified course.

He will be subject to a sexual harm prevention order and the sex offenders’ register for five years.