A man who was given a suspended last year for child sex offences has been jailed following a Dark Justice investigation

A man who was spared jail last year following a investigation from a different group, which operates in a similar way to Dark Justice has been jailed after speaking to underage children again.

Ryan Hancock, formerly of Moston Lane, Manchester has been jailed for 2 years 3 months after communicating sexually with what he thought was a 14-year-old girl.

Hancock set up a profile on a popular social media website and instigated a conversation with the “girl” decoy Dark Justice had created.

After talking on the social media website for a short space of time he asked the “girl” for her mobile number and continued the conversation on the smart phone application WhatsApp, an encrypted messaging application.

Hancock asked the girl if she would like to meet in a hotel room and engage in sexual activity, after previously telling her he was a child protection police officer and if she didn’t send him indecent images she would be arrested.

In addition to his prison sentence he must sign the Sex Offenders Register and abide by a SHPO (Sexual Harm Prevention Order).

VIDEO: North Shields pervert caught by Dark Justice trying to meet 13-year-old girl following sexual grooming after sending indecent images of himself

This is the moment paedophile hunters caught a 31-year-old man after he turned up to meet a child for sex.

Mark Wall 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.

The judge told him: ‘It is not only in your interest but, of course, in the public interest that you not be sent to prison today and rather a sentence be imposed which attempts to continue to put you on the right track.’

The judge said Wall had not realised the seriousness of his behaviour at the time due to his ‘inadequacies’ and added: ‘Full realisation of what you have done has come home to you.’

Christopher Knox, defending, said Wall is a ‘lonely, sad individual’ and told the judge: ‘I would invite you to think everyone would be better protected if he had the benefit of probation care’.

Warrington man jailed after grooming what he thought was a 13-year-old, turns out to be Dark Justice sting

Warrington man John Boothroyd, 32 has been jailed after Dark Justice handed police evidence of him committing a similar offence again.

Boothroyd logged onto a popular smartphone app which lets users communicate with other users via private messages, he then asked the “girl” if she wanted to communicate via WhatsApp and Text Messengering, little did he know it was a undercover Dark Justice operative.
Throughout his stomach turning conversations he stated he wanted a sexual daddy-daughter relationship, which would involve his sick fantasy of full sexual intercourse with the “girl” pretending to be his daughter.

Once he was arrested by police Boothroyd admitted his past and was charged with:

– Attempting to meet a child under 16 following sexual grooming.
– Attempt to cause / incite a child into sexual activity.
– Breach of SHPO (Sexual Harm Prevention Order).

He was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment, to sign the Sex Offenders Register and abide by a SHPO (Sexual Harm Prevention Order).

Pale-faced pervert, 42, fights the tears as he’s confronted by the paedophile hunters

This is the moment a man trying to meet an underage girl for sex is snared by paedophile hunters.

Former engineer Christopher Wise, 42, thought he was having illicit conversations on the internet with two girls aged 14 and 15 over social media site Scout last summer.

But he had in fact been duped by groups Dark Justice and Guardians of the North who set up fake online profiles to track down adults looking for sex with children.

Wise was confronted on July 3 last year when he arrived to meet the 15-year-old on Newcastle’s quayside area.

He had told the 14-year-old’s profile, who asked to meet him on the same day, that they would have to ‘postpone’ their date.

But the paedophile hunters were lying in wait.

Footage shows them peering into Wise’s car and ask: ‘Do you know the consent laws in this country, sir?’

‘Yes, I do,’ he responds.

‘What is it then?’ they challenge him.

‘Fourteen, fifteen,’ he says, before warning another of the paedophile hunters to shut his car door because it’s getting cold.

Conversing with what he thought were two underage girls, Wise wrote that he wanted to have sex with them.

He told the 15-year-old, who claimed to be a virgin, horse riding schoolgirl, she was old enough to consent to sex and sent her a picture of his penis.

The predator also told the 14-year-old she would experience ‘enjoyment and ecstasy’ if they met and had sex.

Prosecutor Neil Pallister told Newcastle Crown Court that Wise had mentioned the existence of paedophile hunter groups while chatting and knew the risks he was taking.

‘The defendant appears not to have been able to help himself,’ said Mr Pallister.

‘He actually said ‘there are loads of people, I think, trying to catch people meeting up with underage lasses, people trying to catch people, younger lasses meeting older men.’

Mr Pallister added: ‘The defendant, at the time, clearly believed he was talking to 14 and 15-year-old girls and clearly went to meet one of them.’

Wise, of Brigham Avenue, Newcastle, admitted two charges of attempting to meet a child after sexual grooming.

Judge Tim Gittins sentenced him to 14 months behind bars with ten years on the sex offenders register and a sexual harm prevention order.

‘You began two separate series of conversations, grooming conversations, with girls you believed were 15 and 14,’ the judge told him.

‘Very early in the conversations it was made clear to you the age of the purported girl and nontheless you continued to engage with them, quickly descending into sexual discussions and centring on you wanting to meet them to have penetrative sexual intercourse, full sexual intercourse.

‘In fact, it transpired, one of the profiles was being operated by a group self-styled as Dark Justice, and the other, self-styled group Guardians of the North, who created such profiles with the intention of ensnaring those who would wish to meet with real children under the age of consent.

‘Ultimately, you attended the arranged location on July 3.

‘It was clearly a surprise to you that you had not been corresponding, in fact, with children but with individuals from those organisations.

‘You knew the risk you were taking, not just with the girls underage but the risk of being caught by organisations such as those that were involved with you.’

Judge Gittins said Wise had displayed an ‘unnatural urge to gain sexual gratification’ by interacting with the underage girls.

Adam Birkby, defending, said Wise has no history of sexual offending but has mental health and other problems.

Mr Birkby urged the judge to allow Wise to keep his freedom and receive treatment.

He added: ‘It is better to give him the opportunity to change and show that he can.’

Naval college steward jailed for sex offences

A steward at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth has been jailed after being trapped by two groups of internet vigilantes as he tried to contact 10 underage girls.

Michael Watton believed he was speaking to girls as young as 10 when he suggested having sex with them and was trapped after arranging to meet a 14-year-old for sex.

He was caught in sting operations run by two groups called Dark Justice and Internet Interceptors which had invented internet profiles for fictitious young girls.

Watton, 56, of Church Road, Dartmouth, first encountered the girls when they responded to his posts on adult dating websites but he quickly turned the conversation to sex, even though they told him they were underage.

He arranged meetings with two girls he thought were 14. He failed to turn up for the first but was intercepted by a vigilante group at Paignton railway station when he arrived for the second.

He later admitted he intended to take the girl, who he thought was called Ellie-May, to the cinema and a Chinese meal before going with her to a bed and breakfast for sex.

Some of Watton’s most explicit conversations had been with a decoy called Jess, who claimed to be just 10 years old, Exeter Crown Court was told.

He was trapped separately by the two groups and in total sent messages to ten decoy girls who used named including Polly, Kim, Katie, Sophie, and Tiffany.

Watton worked as a steward at the Britannia Royal Naval College before his arrest in October. The college trains all the Royal Navy’s officer recruits and Princes Charles and Andrew are former cadets.

Watton admitted attempting to meet a child after grooming and two counts of attempted sexual communication with a girl under 16. He asked for seven more to be considered.

He was jailed for 16 months by Judge Erik Salomonsen, who ordered him to sign on the sex offenders register and made a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which restricts contact with children and allows the police to monitor his internet use.

He told him: “Against the assertion that you were effectively a dupe is the fact that you went so far as to propose two meetings and attend one of them at Paignton station.

“The defence argue this sentence should be suspended because of your loneliness and vulnerability, but there must be immediate custody because of your willingness to embark on these exchanges with not one but ten individuals.”

Julia Cox, prosecuting, said Watton’s contact with the decoy girls started in October last year and carried on for two weeks, during which he exchanged messages with what he thought were girls aged 10 to 14.

He posed half naked in his own profile and began contact with the decoys by asking ’are you single, luv?’.

He arranged to meet a 14-year-old called Katie in Newcastle, but never turned up. He told a girl called Jess, who he thought was 10, that he wanted to ejaculate inside her.

Watton organised a meeting at Paignton on October 21 with a 14-year-old decoy named Ellie May but was intercepted by members of the two groups as well as men from Plymouth based UK Database and Plymouth Against Paedophiles.

Mary McCarthy, defending, said Watton was living with his mother and was lonely after the death of his partner in a car accident.

He had gone online looking for adult dating and been lured and flattered into communicating with the decoys when they had replied to his profile.

She said: “The reality is that when you look at his profile picture, without wanting to be rude to him, in reality no young child is likely to have wanted to engage with him.

“He did not pose as an attractive young person. He was not pretending to be someone he wasn’t. He is a bearded man in his 50s who found to his astonishment that a number of young girls apparently wanted to engage with him.

“In the real world, it is not very likely matters would have progressed as they did. The groups could be said to lead people down a path they would otherwise not have gone on.”

Pervert, 21, who was snared by paedophile hunters for the second time after sending explicit messages to a ’14-year-old girl’ while on bail for a similar offence is spared jail

A paedophile has been spared jail despite being caught sending explicit messages to what he thought was a teenage girl while on bail for a similar offence.

Daniel Smith thought he had been chatting online to a youngster called ‘Zoe’ in November 2015 but had been duped by Dark Justice, an undercover organisation that poses as children on the internet to snare predators.

When the now 21-year-old, of Hebburn, Tyne and Wear, turned up to meet the 13-year-old at Times Square in Newcastle, after sending a series of illicit messages, asking for ‘naughty photographs’ and carrying a bottle of gin for them to share, he was confronted by members of the organisation, who had alerted the police.

Smith, who had been repeatedly told ‘Zoe’s’ tender age during the chats, was arrested and allowed to keep his freedom while his case progressed through the crown court.

While on bail, Smith then started another series of online conversations with who he thought was a 14-year-old girl called ‘Louise’ but had once again been duped.

This time, the underage profile had been set up by Guardians of the North, a similar group of paedophile hunters.

No meeting was arranged but Smith asked again if they could meet up, requested photographs and described in graphic detail what he would like to do with the child.

Smith, who has a low IQ, dyspraxia and a history of mental health problems, pleaded guilty to two offences of attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming and one of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

Judge Tim Gittins told him: ‘At a time when you were on bail and should have been on your best behaviour by way of any social interaction with any female at all, you chose to engage with a profile on another site.’

At Newcastle Crown Court, Judge Gittins sentenced Smith to a community order for three years with sex offender treatment programme requirements.

Smith must sign the sex offenders register for five years and abide by the terms of a sexual harm prevention order for seven years.

The judge said intervention, as opposed to a prison sentence, was appropriate in Smith’s case in a bid to reduce the risk he currently poses to children.

Judge Gittins added: ‘Whilst the groups Guardians of the North and Dark Justice have performed their function, their aim, well, in preventing you you and preventing others like you from causing harm to real females by bringing you to the attention of the police, I must have regard to the long term aim in a similar way, of preventing harm to real young females.’


Tom Finch, defending, handed in references to Smith’s ordinarily positive and hard working character and said he has managed to have a good employment record, despite his educational difficulties.

Mr Finch said Smith, is vulnerable, naive, has led an isolated existence and was bullied in the past.

Mr Finch said Smith feels ‘shame embarrassment and regret’ about what he did and added: ‘He clearly does need help.’

Convicted pervert, 70, who took baby oil and new underwear to meet 15-year-old boy for sex was caught instead by online paedophile hunters

A 70-year-old who took baby oil and new underwear to meet an underage boy for sex has been jailed for three-and-a-half years after he was caught on camera by paedophile hunters.

Sex offender John Dunnigan had travelled 150 miles from Blackburn to Newcastle, where he planned to meet a 15-year-old boy called ‘Ben’, who he had been chatting to online.

The pensioner had bombarded the underage boy with explicit sexual chat and images after befriending him over Gaychat and even live streamed footage of himself performing a sex act and saying: ‘I really want to have sex with you Ben’.

But Newcastle Crown Court heard the pervert, who was on the sex offenders register for life after being convicted of having indecent images of children, had been duped by Dark Justice, a two-man organisation that sets up fake internet profiles to snare adults looking for underage sex.

The group had set up a fake profile on the website and made it clear to the pensioner he was speaking to an underage boy.

When Dunnigan arrived at the meeting place to see Ben in December, members of the group, with their video camera and the police in tow, were waiting for him.

During a search of the pensioner’s turquoise Suzuki motor, police found a bottle of baby oil, a packet of underpants and a handwritten note containing Ben’s details were found.

Dunnigan told officers at the scene he had been due to meet a 16-year-old who he planned to ‘take for a McDonald’s and milkshake then say goodbye and goodnight’.

He later pleaded guilty attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming, breach of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and sexual activity in the presence of a child.

Jailing him for three-and-a-half years, Judge Penny Moreland told him: ‘The items found in your car clearly indicate what you had in mind for that meeting but as it transpired the profile was a false profile put up by an adult in order to identify people, like you, interested in making contact, for sexual purposes, with children.’

David Comb, defending, said Dunnigan, of Blackburn, had committed no sexual offences until he was in his 60s, when his long term partner went into rehabilitation.

Mr Comb added: ‘Fortunately no child has actually been subjected to this behaviour.’


Pervert who asked ’15-year-old boy’ for pictures of him in his underwear and arranged to meet him for sex walks free from court

This is the moment a pervert turned up to meet a 15-year-old boy for sex after grooming him online.

Dawid Rozycki thought he had been chatting to an underage schoolboy over dating site Grindr in the days leading up to the illegal meeting in May.

But Newcastle Crown Court heard the 24-year-old had been duped by Dark Justice, an undercover organisation whose members set up fake social media profiles to snare adults looking for sex with children.

Members of the group, along with their video camera, were waiting when Rozycki turned up to meet his victim in Newcastle City centre.

Rozycki fled into his nearby home when he was confronted but the quickly arrested by the police.

He pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a child after sexual grooming.

Prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw told the court Rozycki was told early in the online conversations that he was speaking to a 15-year-old child.

He added: ‘Within a short time the conversation turned sexual.’

The court heard Rozycki, formerly of Billingham, asked the boy for illicit photographs and pictures in his underwear.

He talked graphically about sexual activities.

Mr Wardlaw added: ‘It is quite clear the defendant did intend to have full, penetrative sex with what he believed to be a 15-year-old boy.’

The court heard Rozycki has never been in trouble before and his barrister Tony Cornberg handed in a reference to his ordinarily good character.

Mr recorder Ben Nolan sentenced Rozycki to a community order for three years with a five year sexual harm prevention order and five years on the sex offenders register.

The judge said the order would be in the long term public interest and help Rozycki ‘come to terms’ with any problems he has in relation to underage boys.

He told Rozycki: ‘You exchanged indecent suggestions and indecent intentions to someone you thought was 15-years-old.’


Convicted paedophile is snared by Dark Justice for a SECOND time as he tries to meet girl, 14, just months after being freed after similar offence

This is the shocking moment a convicted paedophile was snared trying to meet an underage girl again four months after early release from prison.

Mark Thornton was snared in a Morrisons car park in Darlington after telling what he thought was a 14-year-old that he had ‘been a naughty boy’ after serving around half of his 24-month sentence for trying to take a 13-year-old’s virginity.

The 51-year-old had only been out of prison for four months when he started messaging the decoy, telling her she was ‘sexy’ and confessing he’d been jailed for trying to meet an even younger girl that also turned out to be a decoy.

The unemployed father was snared in an Asda car park last year and sentenced to a two-year prison sentence in September 2016 for explicit chats with who he believed to be two 13-year-old girls.

But following his release in July Thornton was caught using a dating app to try and meet a young girl for sex on November 8 – while still being subject to a sexual harm prevention order.

Shaken from his previous arrest, he acted more cautiously, telling the ‘girl’ he was scared and referring to his prison term as being ‘grounded in a different way’.

He told her he had to trust she was a real 14-year-old girl before meeting and complained how bad prison food was, adding: ‘I did plenty of crying.’

‘This will be my second Christmas on my own with no one to spoil,’ he moaned, before calling the Dark Justice decoy ‘beautiful’ on the Waplog app, which aims to quickly match singles aged 17 and over with the attractive people who have similar interests.

And just four days after he first messaged the decoy, Thornton arranged to meet her at Darlington train station.

But he then grew scared and re-arranged – only to be caught trying again in a Morrisons car park later that day.

A Dark Justice spokesman said: ‘He messaged us first, he clearly hasn’t learnt his lesson.

‘He started talking in a sexual way but he was more cautious this time.

‘He was scared to get caught again, he was telling me about his time in prison.

‘He deserves everything he gets but he also didn’t receive any help in prison.

‘He has been given two years in prison again, it clearly isn’t working.

‘Come Christmas next year he’ll be out and back on the apps.

‘Who’s to say it won’t be a real child next time, they should be given longer sentences so they can get help.’

Thornton, from Darlington, was sentenced to another two-year sentence and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years after pleading guilty to attempting to meet a girl under 16 years old following grooming.

He also pleaded guilty to two counts of breaching a sexual harm prevention order.


Leeds pervert who tried to meet underage girls he befriended online jailed!

Leeds man Michael Lord, 35, of Ratlands Way, has been jailed for two years and six months after attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.

The 35-year-old had thought he was talking online with a schoolgirl but was in fact speaking to a member of Newcastle-based Online Child Protection Team Dark Justice.

He befriended the two ‘children’ before engaging in sexualised chat and exchanging photographs.
Records of their conversations showed Lord had arranged to meet up with one girl in Leeds in a hotel, and also attempted meet another youngster.
He told the decoy how he would love to have sex with them and asked if she had any younger friends she could bring with her to meet him.
He was very demanding throughout the conversation(s) and would send message after message to the ‘children’.

A spokesman for Dark Justice said: “We’re glad this man is in prison as we feel he is a very dangerous offender and a risk to children!”