February 2019

Pervert posed as a GP to lure 13-year-old girl

This is the moment a pervert who tried to meet a child for sex after posing as a doctor fell over twice as he tried to outrun the paedophile hunters chasing him.

David Wilkinson posed with an NHS ID card around his neck during explicit internet conversations he thought were with a 13-year-old girl on the ‘Teen Chat’ platform.

But he had been duped by Dark Justice, whose activists were waiting for him instead of the young girl he had been expecting.

When he realised he’d been set up Wilkinson, who did work for the health service but was not the GP he claimed to be, ran for it.

He was filmed falling over twice as he tried to make his escape along a road and then through a field before the breathless 40-year-old gave up.

During chats on the teen website and in vast numbers of private text messages, Wilkinson said he ‘liked young girls’, sent pictures of his penis and suggested having  oral sex.

Prosecutor Alec Burns told Newcastle Crown Court: ‘He told her a number of things, including that he had done this sort of thing a couple of times before with girls her age, that he liked girls that age and at one stage pretended to be a doctor and sent a photograph of him with an NHS identity around his neck. He wasn’t a doctor but did work for the health service.’

Wilkinson arranged to meet the schoolgirl on a Saturday night in April 2017 but Mr Burns added: ‘When he went to meet this person he was, of course, confronted by Dark Justice. He ran away and tried to escape but was caught.’

When police checked his internet search history they found terms including ‘free teen sex’.

Wilkinson, of Newcastle, admitted attempting to meet a child after grooming. Miss Recorder Sophie Drake jailed him for 16 months behind bars and ordered him to register as a sex offender and abide by a sexual harm prevention order for a decade

The judge told him: ‘In order to gain her trust, you told her you were a GP and you showed her identity to that effect.

‘Of course, that was a lie, you are not a GP but you wanted her to believe that. You engaged in this behaviour thinking she was a 13-year-old girl. She, in fact wasn’t.

‘But, thinking she was a 13-year-old girl, and having engaged in sexual content with her, you arranged to meet her.’

The judge added: ‘Your internet history clearly shows you have a sexual interest in children. The content of the messages you sent clearly shows you have a sexual interest in children but you deny that.’