Internet pervert snared by Dark Justice who posed as 13-year-old girl JAILED

Michael Butler, 33, from Redcar, was caught as he travelled to Newcastle to meet the girl.

Convicted sex offender Michael Butler, 33, from Redcar , was still sending texts to the girl as he travelled to meet her after grooming her online.

But waiting for him at Newcastle Central Station were members of Dark Justice, an organisation which aims to catch online predators in sting operations.

The group then handed him over to the police.

Prosecutor Harry Hadfield told Teesside Crown Court that Butler was on bail that day on March 26 when he expected to meet her for sex.

Butler had asked the girl to send him sexual images of herself, but she told him that she had learning difficulties.

He had served a 15 months jail sentence for sexual activity with a girl under 13 and attempting to arrange sexual contact with a child which was imposed at Burnley Crown Court in July 2014.

Butler was given a 10-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order banning him from having contact with children under 16 and from using the internet unchecked.

He breached that by making friends with a stallholder on Redcar market and associating with his three young children.

He also used his mobile phone to view child abuse images/videos and deleted the history. But his public protection police officer was suspicious and an internet expert retrieved the evidence.

Mr Hadfield said that Butler had also used the name Michael Smith, without notifying the police what he had done.

He said that “The child” invited Butler to meet her at the railway station and he was chatting to her by text on the way.

Paul Cleasby, defending, said that no meeting could have taken place and there had not been any harm.

He said that there was no suggestion that Butler had committed any sexual offences against the market man’s children.

Mr Cleasby added: “In mitigation he has given early pleas of guilty and he hopes that during the inevitably lengthy prison sentence it will allow sufficient time for him to work with the authorities to minimise the risk that he is supposed to pose.

“He is realistic, he accepts that a significant custodial sentence will follow.”

Judge Peter Armstrong told Butler: “I take the view that in the course of the text messages it was indicated to you that this girl named Amy was a vulnerable child, but nevertheless you persisted in meeting her.

“Clearly penetrative sexual activity was intended.”
The judge added:

“You are clearly assessed as being someone with a high risk of sexual offending towards children.

“The Sexual Offences Prevention Order has not prevented that episode by you but happily no child has been sexually assaulted by you.

“I hope that the sentence I pass on you will enable you to undergo sexual treatment while in custody.”

Butler, of Queen Street, Redcar, was jailed for three and a half years after he pleaded guilty to two breaches of a SOPO, failing to comply with a notification requirement over the name change, attempted sexual grooming and accessing the Internet without informing his supervising officer.

He must register as a sex offender for life.


paedo Callum Jennings caged for sending a string of sexual messages to a child for the SECOND time, after his previous conviction

Callum Jennings, of Jarrow already a registered sex offender has been jailed after for sending a string of disgusting messages to a school girl.

He was also charged for breaching his requirements of the sex offenders register and Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).

At his first hearing Jennings pleaded NOT GUILTY but later changed his plea and has now been jailed for 22 months.

He was first snared by Dark Justice and received a suspended sentence at Newcastle Crown Court where Recorder Toby Hedworth QC said

“He was convinced Jennings, who has never been in trouble before, would not be back in court again.”

After he received the suspended sentence we was seen outside the court smirking.

He must abide by a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and sign the Sex Offenders Register.

Pervert HGV driver Michael Billham, 52, is snared by Dark Justice trying to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex

A pervert lorry driver was caught by paedophile hunters trying to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex.

Michael Billham, from Brunswick in Newcastle, made contact with who he thought was an underage schoolgirl over an online teen chat site last September.

The 52-year-old HGV driver sent a series of sickeningly ‘vulgar’ messages detailing explicit sex acts then planned a meeting at Newcastle City centre.

Judge Mallett said Billham, who lost his HGV driving job as a result of the conviction, has shown remorse and a willingness to address his offending.

Prosecutor Mark Giuliani told the court Billham had sent a message to the teen profile on the site, which was for 13-19 year-olds, saying ‘I would like to meet you’ and stating his true age.

Mr Giuliani added: ‘The group responded with ‘I am 13′ and then there follows what can only be described as vulgar messages from the defendant to who he believed was a 13-year-old girl.’

Billham was confronted on camera when he turned up at the Centre for life in Newcastle city centre on September 30 last year.

Mr Giuliani said: ‘There was an intention for penetrative activity.’

Gavin Doig, defending, said no real child was involved and Billham, who lives with his parents, has never been in trouble before and is willing to work with the authorities who can help him.


Bus driver, 63, who sent sickening bestiality messages to a Dark Justice posing as a 13-year-old girl is jailed for two years

A serial pervert is behind bars after sending bestiality chat to a fake 13-year-old girl he travelled over 200 miles to meet.

Ronald Young was duped by paedophile hunters into thinking he was swapping messages with an underage female he befriended over a teen chat site.

The 63-year-old, who claimed he was 18, said he wanted the schoolgirl to meet his friends and talked about a sex act involving his pet.

Within weeks, Young, who was already on the sex offenders’ register due to past convictions, travelled by train from his home in Scotland to meet his young victim.

He was confronted on arrival at Newcastle Central Station by members of Dark Justice, who trawl the internet to expose paedophile activity.

Young, of Motrose, Scotland, tried to get away but was held by the hunters until the police arrived.

‘He said he wanted her to meet his five friends and spoke of [performing a sex act on] his dog.’

Young was convicted of having indecent images in 2013 and given a community order with a sex offender programme requirement.

In 2014, he was given a suspended jail term for arranging to meet an underage girl at Waterloo station in London.

He was made to undergo a further programme and given a sexual harm prevention order.

Young admitted attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming and breach of a sexual harm prevention order in relation to the latest offences.

The court heard despite the intensive intervention he has undergone, he remains a ‘high risk of sexual reconviction’.

Judge Edward Bindloss sentenced him to a total of two years and three months behind bars.

The judge told him: ‘You clearly thought she was a 13-year-old female. You spoke about what you were going to do when you met with her. You were grooming her.

‘You planned to carry out sexual acts on meeting her.

‘The sexual offenders programme has not helped you resist this sort of behaviour. The sexual harm prevention order has not stopped you talking in the way described.’

Jane Foley, defending, said the only mitigation she could properly advance was Young’s guilty pleas.

You can view his chat logs by clicking HERE

Dark Justice snare pervert Stephen Bateman trying to meet ’13-year-old girl’ for a ‘kiss and a cuddle’

Stephen Bateman thought he was meeting an underage schoolgirl he had met on Facebook and been having online sex chat with.



But the 24-year-old had been snared by Dark Justice, who pose as teen girls online to expose men looking for sex with children.

But despite adding the ‘girl’ on Facebook and pleading guilty to attempted grooming a judge let him walk from court.

Judge Amanda Rippon handed him a suspended sentence – because of his immaturity, vulnerability and low intellect.

Bateman was snared when Dark Justice turned up to meet him – with the police in tow – at the landmark Millennium Bridge in Newcastle in February.

Bateman initially claimed he was in the area just to see the seaside quayside, a patch of walkway the council converts into a makeshift beach each year.

Prosecutor Emma Downing said: “He said his only intention was to look at the

Quayside beach and denied sexual motivation.

“He said they were only going to chat.”

On the day he was due to stand trial at Newcastle Crown Court Bateman, of Eastfield House Walker, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to attempted grooming.

Prosecutors accepted his guilty plea on the basis he intended to “kiss and cuddle” with the girl but no further sexual activity.




Miss Downing told the court Bateman had sent the girl a friend request on Facebook and said it was a “random add”.

The conversation quickly turned sexual, despite Bateman being told almost immediately that she was only 13.

During one conversation Bateman was asked what he wanted at the meet up and he replied “kiss and cuddle”.

Judge Amanda Rippon told Bateman: “You must understand, this is a serious offence. You cannot engage in sexual conversation with children.

“You are lucky that this was not a 13-year-old who met you because the offences could have been a lot more serious.

“When you met your intention was to kiss and cuddle her and nothing more but if she had been 13 and a meeting had followed you may have gone further than that.”

Judge Rippon sentenced Bateman to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years, with rehabilitation requirements and ten year sex offender registration.

The judge said Bateman’s lack of previous convictions, his immaturity, vulnerability and low intellectual capacity meant the jail term could be suspended.

Tom Moran, defending, said Bateman was gullible and insecure, not a predatory paedophile, which the judge accepted.

VIDEO: This is moment 21-year-old Lewis Bruce was caught trying to meet a child for sex.

Lewis Bruce, 21 of Washington, Tyne & Wear was sentenced today (23/11/16) for attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.


He sent multiple graphics messages and told the ’13-year-old’ Dark Justice decoy how he wanted her to use his mouth as a human toilet and have sexual intercourse.

He arranged a meeting at the Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne, on route to the meeting he sent a text message saying: “Just bought some condoms incase we have sex”. When he turned up to the meeting he was confronted by members of Dark Justice he immediately ran off and was arrested later that night at his home.

When questioned about where his mobile device was by police, he claimed he sold it at Intu Metrocentre the day beforehand but in reality he had smashed the phone and had destroyed the sim card.

4 Whilst on bail for the first offence, he contacted another one of Dark Justice decoy profiles which proclaimed ’13-years-old’, but again he sent explicit messages and wanted to meet her with her cousin who was ’11-years-old’.

He was sentenced to an indefinite hospital order due to him having a number of mental health issues – The Secretary of State has to approve of his release, with sex offenders registration indefinitely.


You can watch the video of the confrontation below: 

Dark Justice snare 43-year-old North Yorkshire man Peter John Reynolds.

Peter John Reynolds, 43 of North Yorkshire was sentenced yesterday (14/11/16) for attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.

He sent multiple graphics messages and pictures of his private parts and told the ’14-year-old’ Dark Justice decoy how he wanted to have sex with her.

He arranged 2 meetings but failed to attend both so Dark Justice handed their evidence to Durham Constabulary because at the time Reynolds claimed he lived within the County Durham area, but it soon became apparent he lived within the North Yorkshire area and was arrested by North Yorkshire police and quizzed by Detectives.

He was sentenced to nine months imprisonment, suspended for twenty four months, with sex offenders registration for ten years.

Reynolds, of North Yorkshire, now has to abide by a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for seven years which places various restrictions on his access to the internet & children.

Scottish dad of four snared by Dark Justice paedophile hunters pleads guilty to grooming a child

JOSEPH Henderson was trapped by a fake profile and set off to meet 13-year-old only to be arrested with his lawyer blaming the “Machiavellian” tactics of Dark Justice.




A SCOTS dad has admitted grooming and attempting to meet a 13-year-old girl after falling into a trap set by vigilante paedophile hunters Dark Justice.

Dad of four Joseph Henderson of Bellshill, North Lanarkshire , visited an adult website and made contact with ‘teenager Jessie’.

But the Dark Justice group had set up amy’s fake profile on an online chat site. They swapped messages with Henderson after he made contact with the 13-year-old.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that in conversations spread over four weeks, Henderson said the girl was “beautiful” and “hot”, and that he wanted to kiss and cuddle her.

Gavin Doig, prosecuting, said Henderson wrote to the fake profile saying he wanted to kiss her “neck, shoulders and tummy button”.

But Mr Doig said Henderson stated he was prepared to wait until the girl was ready to take things further.

The prosecution said Dark Justice’s responses were “tempting Mr Henderson to express intentions to go further than he himself is expressing an interest in doing”.

Dark Justice were described as “Machiavellian” by a barrister defending Henderson, who admitted grooming and then trying to meet a 13-year-old girl.

Henderson drove to Newcastle, thinking he would meet the girl but instead he was met by police and arrested.

He admitted attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.

Jamie Adams, defending, said Henderson was at a low ebb following the break-up of his marriage and a subsequent relationship, and he was drinking heavily and taking cocaine.

The barrister said Henderson visited the chat site, which was for adults, “looking for company and solace”.


Mr Adams said Dark Justice was a “vigilante organisation”, adding: “One can understand the purpose but it is sometimes Machiavellian in the way it acts.”

He said his client was encouraged “to say more than he wants to say”.

In his sentencing remarks, Recorder Euan Duff said the fictitious profile had made “rather inviting remarks” to the defendant.

“However, it is undoubtedly a serious offence,” the judge said.

Henderson was handed a three-year community order with rehabilitation requirements.

The judge said: “I hope you will never bother a court again. I am perfectly sure you will learn from this unfortunate experience.”

Henderson must register as a sex offender for five years.

Outside court Dark Justice said: “We don’t entrap people. It was his choice to come to Newcastle.

“Look at all the investigations we have carried out. If we were that dishonest, why didn’t he plead not guilty?”

Dark Justice have helped to secure almost 40 convictions in the two years they have operated.

Dark Justice snared a man, 44, who thought he was about to meet an underage girl so they could re-enact porn films.

Jonathan Haswell believed he had been sending graphic messages and pictures of his private parts to a 15-year-old girl online.
But the 44-year-old had been snared by Dark Justice, a two-man organisation set up to catch men looking for sex with underage girls.


Haswell had told the schoolgirl online they could watch pornographic films together and copy what was happening on screen.

He asked the schoolgirl, who told him she was only 15 and had never had a boyfriend, for pictures in her underwear.

When Haswell turned up to a pre-arranged meeting in Newcastle city centre he confessed he was carrying a pornographic movie.

At Newcastle Crown Court Haswell pleaded guilty to attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.


He was sentenced to two years imprisonment, suspended for two years, with sex offenders registration for ten years.

Haswell, of Birtley, Gateshead, now has to abide by a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for life.

Haswell was the 61st person to be caught by Dark Justice.

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