Grieving father trying to meet 14-year-old girl for sex is snared by online paedophile hunters months after the death of his child

A father who had a breakdown after the death of his child was caught by so-called ‘paedophile hunters’ after trying to arrange to meet a girl for sex.


Ross Wilcox, 30, sent messages to an online account he believed belonged to a 14-year-old schoolgirl called Sarah and, after discussing sex, arranged a meeting.

But he had in fact been communicating with the group Dark Justice, whose members confronted him when he arrived at Newcastle’s St James Metro station for the rendezvous.


Wilcox, of Cramlington, Northumberland, has now admitted attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and was handed a suspended sentence.


His sentencing comes the day after a senior policeman admitted UK police forces may have to begin working with groups like Dark Justice, who have not been deterred by previous warnings not to get involved.

Prosecutor Neil Pallister told Newcastle Crown Court Wilcox had sent a message to the fake profile and the conversation quickly moved on to private, graphic, WhatsApp messages, despite him being told Sarah was just 14.


He later discussed if she wanted to ‘try sex’ and, within four days of getting in contact, arranged a meeting, the prosecutor said.


The court heard Wilcox, who had learning difficulties, was sectioned under the mental health act last August while grieving the death of his child.

Andrew Walker, defending, said an ensuing investigation and post mortem revealed the child had died due to an infection.


Mr Walker said the tragedy had a ‘devastating’ effect on the family and Wilcox’s grief had an impact on his mental health.

Mr Walker added: ‘The reality is, for this defendant, despite this offence, he has never laid hands on a child inappropriately in his life.’

The judge, Recorder Simon Kealey sentenced Wilcox to 20 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with rehabilitation requirements, sexual harm prevention order and sex offender registration.


The judge told him: ‘The fact you have been sectioned under the mental health act as a result of dealing with the death of a family member and the fact that when you were educated you were challenged with special educational needs are not just points of personal mitigation which are powerful in themselves but they are potentially causative features why you behaved as you did over those few days, out of character.’

The UK’s lead police officer on child protection has said forces will ‘potentially’ have to look at working with so-called paedophile hunters.


Chief Constable Simon Bailey, the national lead for child protection at the National Police Chiefs’ Council, spoke after figures obtained by the BBC show an increase in the number of cases where evidence gathered by paedophile hunters is being used.


He said: ‘I’m not going to condone these groups and I would encourage them all to stop, but I recognise that I am not winning that conversation.

‘I think (working with vigilantes) is something we’re going to have to potentially have to look at, yes, but it comes with some real complexity.’

11 suspected paedophiles arrested on 1,200 mile road trip

A joint operation road trip between ‘Dark Justice’ and ‘Guardians of the North’ has ended up in 11 suspects  been took into police custody for questioning over online child sex offences.

A few weeks ago we set off on a road trip which lasted for 4 days in tow with ‘Guardians of the North’ another North East based Child Protection Team, they operate in a very similar way to ourselves.


We travelled the length and breath of England starting with Worthing near Brighton.


People from all different ages and backgrounds were arrested, we’ve listed below where they were from (Once convicted they will be named):



  • Burnley, Early thirties.


  • Wirral, Late thirties. (Remanded)


  • Wrexham, Mid-Late twenties.


  • Gloucester, Early fifties who was already under investigation by police.


  • Cirencester, Forties.


  • Minehead, Mid fifties.

  • Yeovil, Early twenties.


  • Filey, Late forties.


  • Scarborough, Mid fifties.


  • Saltburn, Early twenties.


  • Worthing, Early thirties.


We are still awaiting updates from the police forces who arrested and questioned the suspects. Once we have updates we will post them accordingly.

Sick pervert, 35, tried to take a real boy, 13, to a hotel for sex while out on bail after he was snared by Dark Justice

Michael Aldridge was already on bail after trying to meet a girl, also aged 13, he had been chatting to online – but he had been duped by Dark Justice.

The 35-year-old, who claimed to be aged 19 during chats, was arrested and charged by the police but allowed out on bail while his case went through the courts.

Within months, Aldridge had confessed to a health professional that he had a ‘sexual attraction’ to children, which sparked a police probe of his home computers.

Newcastle Crown Court heard officers were permitted to interrogate his internet devices without warning as part of his bail conditions.

The search revealed Aldridge had a sickening collection of child abuse images and plans to take a teen boy to a Holiday Inn hotel.

The court heard Skype records revealed he had engaged in sexual conversations with the 13-year-old and persuaded him to show his private parts over the camera.

Prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw told the court: ‘There was a proposal to meet within 20 minutes.
‘The conversation indicated the two were to meet for penetrative sexual activity, which would include bondage. There was an agreement to meet the day after.

‘When hearing the child could not spend the night with him, he said they could use a shopping centre loo for sexual activity.’

The court heard Aldridge cancelled the first meeting and claimed he had a bad back.

But he set up a second meeting for the end of April and arranged a hotel stay through
Aldridge was arrested on the day the hotel meeting had been due to take place and had been ‘blocked’ online by the teen the day before.

Aldridge, from Newcastle, pleaded guilty to attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

He also admitted having a total of 687 indecent images of children on his home devices.

Brian Hegarty, defending, said Aldridge has faced up to his problems and is to receive help and input to overcome them.

He will be sentenced next month.

Convicted rapist, 24, is jailed for three years after paedophile hunters Dark Justice caught him trying to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex five years after he attacked a woman he met online

A date-rapist who ran away when paedophile hunters after caught him trying to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex has been jailed.

Alfred Scott, also known as Alfred Liddle, travelled to Central Station in Newcastle to meet who he thought was a schoolgirl called Jess after chatting to her on social media website Tagged.

But the pervert had been duped by Dark Justice, a group who pose as teen girls online to expose men looking for sex with children.

Alfred Scott, aka Alfred Little, has been jailed after Dark Justice caught him trying to meet a 13-year-old at Newcastle central train station

After sending a picture of his penis and engaging in explicit sex chat, the 24-year-old ran away when he was confronted by Dark Justice at the train station. He was later arrested by police.

Scott was jailed for four-and-a-half years in 2012 for raping a woman on their first date after meeting her over the internet, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

He locked her in a room before the attack, in which he bit a slapped her.

When he started chatting to ‘Jess’ in March last year, Scott was still on licence.

Scott sent photographs of his penis to what he believed was a teenage girl

Despite Scott believing he was talking to a child, prosecutor Paul Rowland told the court how conversation quickly turned sexual.

‘It was reiterated to the defendant that Jess was only 13 years of age.

‘It became apparent from the conversations he had that he was inviting Jess to send pictures of her body, that can be seen from the content of the messages retrieved from his telephone after he was arrested.

‘Further to that, the defendant sent a photograph to Jess an image of a semi-erect penis, that being his.

‘Throughout the course of the messages correspondence between them, the

defendant also made reference to penetrative sexual acts which he wished to

perform upon Jess.’

Scott encouraged what he believed to be a 13-year-old girl to send him pictures, sending this in return

When he was arrested he told police: ‘I knew I shouldn’t have come, I knew it was wrong.’

Scott, of Westmoreland Avenue, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, pleaded

guilty to attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming at a previous hearing.

Judge Deborah Sherwin sentenced him to three years behind bars, with an extended three-year licence period.

Scott was previously jailed after he locked a woman in a room where he bit, slapped and raped her on their first date

He must also abide the terms of a sexual harm prevention order for the rest of his life and sign the sex offenders register.

Judge Sherwin said: there was a ‘significant risk’ he’d offend again.

‘You are to be viewed as a dangerous offender.

‘Jessie made it quite clear she was 13 and you continued to communicate with her.

‘Of course Jessie did not exist but you were not to know this.

‘It seems clear to me that had Jessie been a real girl and this was a real conversation, you would have met her intending to have some sort of sexual activity with her, penetrative sexual activity.’

He repeatedly asked for pictures of what he thought was a 13-year-old girl and sent explicit sexual messages

Jennifer Coxon, defending, said Scott had started the conversation over an adult website and had not set out to chat to a child.

‘There is very little I can add in terms of his thought processes at the time.’

She said Scott disputes the idea that he poses a danger and would be willing to comply with court orders in future.

VIDEO: A Denbigh man who drove more than 200 miles to Newcastle to have sex with a child was caught in a sting operation by Dark Justice

When Paul Ellis, 58, arrived in the city with condoms in his pocket, he believed he was to meet a 13-year-old girl he had been talking to online.

(IMAGE: Dark Justice)

However, the girl’s profile had been created by The Dark Justice group who pretend to be children on the internet in order to catch paedophiles.

Mold Crown Court heard today that at the time Ellis was out on bail after he was arrested at his Denbigh home for having highly sexualised chats with both under aged boys and girls on the internet.

The court heard Ellis, a chip shop worker, had been chatting with the girl on WhatsApp for months before he arranged to meet her.

(IMAGE: Dark Justice)

During the conversations he made it clear what he wanted to do to the girl, photographs were exchanged and arrangements were made to meet on April 28 this year.

When The Dark Justice group confronted Ellis they recorded their conversation, during which he admitted he was there to meet a girl for sex.

The Newcastle case was transferred for sentence at the court in Mold.

Ellis of Rhyl Road in Denbigh, was jailed for four years and two months, and placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.


An indefinite sexual harm prevention order was also handed down to Ellis, said to be a highly qualified nautical engineer who could skipper vessels.

Judge Rhys Rowlands said Ellis had engaged in “lurid sexual conversations” with children over a period of several months.

“You continued with what was totally depraved behaviour even after you had been arrested and appeared in court.

“You travelled up there in the belief that you were going to meet up with and have sex with a 13-year-old girl.

(IMAGE: Dark Justice)

“It is abundantly clear that you were well aware of the risks that you were taking but you were determined to take those risks even after the involvement of the police and you were discovered.”

Previous Offence

The court heard how in April 2015 police seized his computer from his home and found a large number of graphic sexual chat logs with children, both boys and girls, some as young as 12 and 13.

Prosecuting barrister Sion ap Mihangel said Ellis suggested the youngsters participate in sex acts and that they should meet up with him – claiming he was aged in his 30s.

Simon Mintz, defending, said his client was a man of good character who was highly qualified who now adopted a realistic attitude.

He knew it had been wrong, he had a problem, and needed help.

Mr Mintz stressed that no sex had taken place and there had been no meetings with children.

Regarding the offences committing in North Wales Ellis admitted five charges of attempting to arrange a child sex offence over the internet in 2015 with 11 similar offences taken into consideration between January and October of last year.

With reference to the Newcastle offence he admitted attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity between August of last year and April of this year.

Hong Kong student studying at a North East university has been spared jail after trying to meet two underage boys for sex

A Hong Kong university student has been spared jail after he was caught sending a string of sexual messages to what he thought was two underage boys he’d met online.


Cheuk Kiu Chan of Gateshead sent a string of sexualised messages to what he thought was underage boys on a gay chat app and WhatsApp.


But the 24-year-old was duped by Guardians Of The North and Dark Justice, he was caught by Guardians Of The North initially then he signed back up to the Gay Chat App and started conversing with what he thought was another underage boy which turned out to be a undercover Dark Justice decoy just over two weeks after been caught out by Guardians Of The North.

(IMAGE: Dark Justice)

He invited the underage boys to his University Dorm in Trinity Square, Gateshead but was confronted, detained and handed over to police both times by the paedophile hunters.


He was given a 3 year community order, forced to sign the Sex Offenders Register for 5 years and was made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 5 years.

Moment pervert, 59, who thought he was meeting a 14-year-old girl he had groomed on WhatsApp for sex is snared in a Dark Justice sting

This is the moment a 59-year-old pervert was caught by paedophile hunters after he tried to meet a 14-year-old girl he had groomed on WhatsApp for sex.

John Dickinson, from Crawcrook, Tyne and Wear, believed he had been talking to a young girl called Amy on social media, but the fake account had been set up by undercover organisation Dark Justice.

The 59-year-old was confronted by the group, who pose as teenagers online to expose men looking for sex with children, after organising to meet her in his village.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how Dickinson contacted an online profile which had been set up by Dark Justice on a dating website.

Rachel Masters, prosecuting, told the court: ‘Amy’s profile showed she was 19-years-old. Two days later on June 19 the profile was contacted by the defendant.’

The fake profile told Dickinson, ‘I’m in school’ before telling him she was 14-years-old.

The court heard how he questioned how she could be 14 when you had to be 18 to join the website and she told him she had lied.

Ms Masters said: ‘The defendant continued the conversation and asked her if she had the facilities to use the WhatsApp facility.’

Dickinson gave her his mobile number so they could communicate through WhatsApp and messaged her saying: ‘Hi Amy, do you want to try sex’.

He later asked her if she wanted to meet up and what she would want to do if they did.

He told her, ‘I’m looking for fun or sex’ to which she replied: ‘wow my age not put you off?’

Dickinson replied, ‘No but it has to be between us’ and ‘I can go to prison if found out, if you tell anyone I’m in big trouble’.

The court heard how Dickinson asked her, ‘have you ever seen a man’s penis?’ and offered to send her a picture of his.

He also asked her to send a naked picture of herself so he could see how developed her body was and if she had a bust.

Ms Masters told the court how he said: ‘You want to meet up for sex is that right? I need to know if your grown up for that.’

She told the court how Dickinson organised to meet Amy at Central Station in Newcastle but later told her: ‘can’t come, too many police’.

Dickinson told Amy to get a bus or taxi to Crawcrook instead.

But when he arrived to meet her at the bus stop, he was confronted by members of Dark Justice and the police.

Dickinson was arrested and claimed he was only going to ‘teach the girl a lesson’.

Ms Masters said: ‘He agreed we went too far and he should have stopped when it was clear she was only 14-years-old.’

Dickinson previously pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to meet a child following grooming at Magistrates court.

The judge, Recorder Ben Nolan, told Dickinson: ‘You appear before the court for attempting to meet a child for sexual purposes following grooming.

‘This is a Dark Justice case, in a sense you have been caught by a sting.’

Recorder Nolan sentenced Dickinson to 12 months in prison suspended for two years with a rehabilitation activity requirement.

He also ordered him to sign the sex offenders register and abide by a sexual harm prevention order for ten years.


VIDEO: Moment pizza chef, 32, who thought he was meeting a 13-year-old girl was snared by Dark Justice after boasting how young girls gave him oral sex at his takeaway shop

This video shows the moment a 32-year-old takeaway pizza chef thought he was meeting a 13-year-old girl but was instead confronted by Dark Justice paedophile hunters.

Muhammad Saleem attempted to sexually groom the schoolgirl online and detailed in graphic detail what he wanted to do with her.
He referred to himself as her ‘boyfriend’ and then demanded intimate pictures of her in the bath because he ‘had a right’ to see her.
He also asked what her favourite sexual position and if she wanted to ‘suck his lollipop’.
But when he arranged to meet her in Newcastle’s Times Square he was instead confronted by the paedophile vigilante group.
The pizza chef denied grooming the 13-year-old girl and tried to wipe all chat history by putting his phone onto factory reset. He has now been jailed for 14 months.

The paedophile hunters asked him: ‘You don’t know? You don’t know how old this girl is?’

Looking at the floor, Saleem replied: ‘No.’

They then said: ‘So she’s not 13 years old?’

The pizza chef replied: ‘I don’t know mate.’

He then tried to walk away from the paedophile hunters and attempted to shield his face from the camera.

Saleem was then seen trying to quickly scrub all the memory from his mobile phone.

He was arrested by police who charged him with attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.

Saleem, from Newcastle, initially admitted the charges, but then appealed to changed his plea which was rejected at Newcastle Crown Court.

He has now been jailed for 14 months.

Dark Justice are an undercover organisation who pose as children online and arrange to meet sexual predators who are seeking to engage in sexual activity with underage girls and boys.

Their successful activities have led to 52 convictions and 28 offenders have been jailed.

A member of the group said: ‘Saleem was an absolute parasite. I think that the sentence was quite good. It is nice to see that he is behind bars, even though it could have been a little bit longer.

‘He showed absolutely no remorse for his actions and he even tried to destroy evidence to cover his own tracks.

‘He messed around the courts by appealing to change his plea, even though there was no defence.

‘He was just trying to buy more time.

‘I am glad that the judge was able to see that.

‘He told us that he had other girls giving him oral sex in the takeaway where he worked. He is a danger to children and is a risk to the public.

‘He really was just vile, a nasty piece of work.’

In April a court ruled that Dark Justice could continue to pose as children online to catch sexual predators.

Legal teams acting for two men who were caught by Dark Justice allegedly attempting to sexually abuse minors had argued that the use of evidence gathered by such operations ‘diminished the integrity of the court process’ and that the groups should be regulated.

But a judge at Newcastle Crown Court ruled that there was no legal requirement for the activities of Dark Justice to be subject to controls.

Dark Justice – two men in their 20s who keep their full identities a secret – operates fake online profiles of minors, with photographs provided by volunteers. If someone arranges a meeting with a person they think is a child, Dark Justice waits with a video camera at the location and the resulting video is posted online.

Scott, 26, and Calum, 22, based in Newcastle, both quit their jobs in the digital media industry in October 2014 to focus on Dark Justice full time.



Pervert who travelled nearly 200 miles thinking he’d share hotel room with girl, 13, is instead met by paedophile hunters and is then jailed for two years

A pervert who travelled almost 200 miles to share a hotel room with a 13-year-old girl has been snared by paedophile hunters.
Sean Killian thought he had been chatting to an underage girl on Whatsapp but had actually been duped by Dark Justice, an anonymous group that trawls the internet to expose men looking for underage sex.


When the middle-aged father turned up in Gateshead to meet a schoolgirl for sex, members of Dark Justice were waiting, with the police in tow.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Killian had befriended the fake profile just months after he was spared jail in Wolverhampton last April for having sex chat with someone he thought was another child, but turned out to be an undercover police officer.

The 46-year-old was being supervised in the community but the court heard he was ‘saying the right things but doing the exact opposite’.
During online conversations with the fake 13-year-old, Killian said he wanted to ‘treat her like a Princess’.


The court heard that the conversations were highly sexual and he had asked for photographs of her in a school uniform and sent her 12 pictures and videos of his penis.

He also sent photos of underwear he said he would like to see her wearing.

In December last year, Killian booked a hotel in Gateshead for himself and the child to stay in, then travelled almost 200 miles to meet her.

Prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw told the court: ‘He travelled 192 miles from Walsall to Gateshead to meet the girl.

‘On his arrival, the police had been made aware of this and the defendant was arrested.’

Killian, of Walsall, admitted breach of a sexual harm prevention order, attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity, attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act and attempting to meet a child.



Judge Amanda Rippon sentenced him to two years behind bars and said he must sign the sex offender register for ten years.

She said: ‘You travelled to meet her. You booked a hotel room in Gateshead, which was 192 miles from where you lived.

‘You travelled that distance in order to meet a girl. You had booked a room with a double bed and communicated that to her.

‘You told her you would bring underwear for her to wear.  When you arrived at the hotel the police were waiting for you and you were arrested.

‘I am entirely satisfied your intention was to meet a child and have sexual activity with that child.

‘You believed you were chatting to a child, you did not know you were not.’

Stuart Graham, defending, said Killian appreciated that he ‘needed help’ and is remorseful for his behaviour.

Mr Graham added: ‘He has lost contact with his children, lost friends, lost most of his family, lost a good job.

‘His future is particularly bleak.’



VIDEO: Paedophile with baby fetish who had adult nappies, milk bottle and dummy as he hoped to meet boy, 15, was instead snared by paedophile hunters two times in three months.

A paedophile with a baby fetish was caught twice by the same paedophile hunters while attempting to meet two different underage boys following sexual grooming.

Terence Moore armed himself with a dummy, adult nappies and a baby bottle, before  attempting to meet a 15-year-old boy called James.

But the 52-year-old was instead confronted by undercover organisation Dark Justice, which aims to expose men looking for sex with children, for the second time in three months.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Moore first began speaking to ‘James’ in an online chat room in January this year.

Neil Pallister, prosecuting, told the court: ‘The defendant said he was a cross dresser and lived at an address in Newcastle.

‘He asked if he wanted to go to the defendant’s address.

‘The defendant was told at least four times that he was talking to a 15-year-old.

‘He gave his mobile telephone number.’

Mr Pallister told the court how the defendant asked ‘James’: ‘Do you like kissing, f***ing and sucking?’ to which he replied: ‘I’m not sure I’ve never done out like that before, I’m only 15.’

Mr Pallister said: ‘The defendant goes on to say: “I have got baby gear as well. I have got adult baby gear. I have got nappies, dummies and bottles.” ‘

The court heard how Moore organised to meet the youngster on January 29 outside his address in Newcastle.

Dark Justice spotted the defendant and rang his mobile phone before confronting him and contacting the police, who arrested him.

The court heard how Moore’s flat was searched by police.

They found a room set up as a children’s nursery and another room filled with women’s clothing, fetish outfits and wigs.

Mr Pallister said: ‘In the kitchen they found several dummies, formula milk for babies, adult nappies and bibs.’

The court heard how Moore began chatting online to another 15-year-old boy called Gary in March while he was on bail for the first offence.

Moore asked the boy if he could meet at the Town Moor in Newcastle and said he would bring a dummy and women’s clothes.

He was once again confronted by Dark Justice who detained him until the police arrived to arrest him.

The court heard how the defendant’s rucksack contained a number of items including a pair of pink adult bloomers, a fake cigar, a baby bottle, two condoms, lipstick, a wig adult and shoes.



Mr Pallister told the court Moore had been previously jailed for four years in 1988 for two offences of attempting sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13.

Moore, of Newcastle, admitted two counts of attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming at a previous hearing.

He was sentenced to 26 months in prison.

Elizabeth Muir, defending, told the court how Moore had learning difficulties and he had had a difficult childhood after being brought up in a children’s home.

She told the court how he had kept himself completely out of trouble since his last offence 30 years ago.

Judge Tim Gittins told Moore: ‘It is clear because of your life style that you have been a regular user of the internet to discuss and arrange bisexual contact, homosexual contact and fetish behaviour.

‘That is fine, that is a matter for you, unless and until you start to try to engage in that behaviour with young people, some of whom need protecting from you and from themselves.’

Judge Gittins told Moore that he was satisfied there was a risk of him causing serious harm to other children by engaging in his sort of behaviour.

He told him: ‘You have been able to keep out of trouble and away from young children for many years and you need to do that again for the indefinite future..’