Former soldier who thought he was meeting a 13-year-old girl for sex tried to run away after finding out he had been snared by Dark Justice

A former soldier tried to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex after he was lured into a trap by paedophile hunters.
Gareth Walters, 38, from Gateshead, sent explicit messages to his victim on the social media site, Badoo.

However, while he thought he was talking to a teenager – in fact he was contacting a fake profile set up by vigilante group, Dark Justice.
After a series of messages, where he asked for naked pictures, he arranged to meet the girl in Newcastle city centre.

But when he turned up, he was met by members of Dark Justice armed with a camera.


Walters, who had been drinking, sprinted away but was later arrested at home.
He told officers he had only planned to warn the underage teen about internet dangers.

Prosecutor Tom Moran told Newcastle Crown Court: ‘He said he would have told her how dangerous it could be to meet someone.’

The court heard Walters had asked the girl if she ‘wanted some fun’, talked about sexual activities and asked her for photographs with ‘fewer clothes on’.

When his case got to court he and another man, also snared by Dark Justice, launched a landmark legal battle to stop investigations by the unofficial paedophile hunters.
Their defence teams claimed the activities of Dark Justice ‘diminished the integrity of the court process’ and said evidence gathered by them should not be permitted in court.

If the legal battle had succeeded, similar cases across the country would have collapsed.
But in a detailed ruling, Mr Justice Langstaff said there was no legal requirement for such groups to be controlled and said their evidence could continue to be used in court cases.
Walters pleaded guilty to attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

The court heard he had been dismissed from the armed forces in ‘disgrace’ after he was

given a 21 month jail term at a court martial in 2013 for wounding and deserting.
Judge Tim Gittins sentenced Walters to 21 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with programme requirements.
Walters was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register and abide by a sexual harm prevention order for seven years.


The judge told him: ‘A legal argument was raised on your behalf in relation to the method by which your offending was detected, recorded and reported by the self styled Dark Justice group.

‘The group purported to be a girl and told you she was 13 and that she had lied to get a profile on that website.
‘That did not discourage you from inviting her for alcohol at yours and thereafter asking if she was interested in sex.
‘You said you were going to warn her about the dangers of online behaviour and meeting strangers.
‘You recognise, in fact, in your state, you were the danger to that young person, had there been such a young girl.’

The judge said Walters had served his country at a time when he had mental health difficulties and now needs help to control drinking and protect the public.
Walters has been assessed as posing a low risk of re offending.
Jamie Adams, defending, said since his arrest her client had sought help and therapy for his ongoing issues, which has had a positive effect.


VIDEO:’I wasn’t going to do nothing’: Moment gum-chewing pervert realises the 13-year-old girl who he asked to ‘kiss and cuddle’ over Facebook…is actually paedophile hunters

A pervert was snared by paedophile hunters when he turned up to meet a 13-year-old girl he thought he had been chatting to on Facebook.

Members of Dark Justice had sent a Adam Richardson a friend request over the social media site using the profile of an underage teen after being tipped off about him speaking to young people online last summer.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 27-year-old loner engaged in explicit sexual chat with the schoolgirl account, despite being told she was 13, and told her their exchanges must be ‘secret’.

Prosecutor David Crook told the court Richardson arranged to meet the teen so they could ‘kiss and cuddle’ but discussed sex and how she could avoid getting pregnant.

Mr Crook said it is unclear exactly what Richardson’s intentions were at the first meeting but added: ‘It is clear there was an intention to meet and there may be sexual contact of some sort. There was discussions about sexual activity.’

Richardson, of Burness, West Denton, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

Jane Foley, defending, said Dark Justice had been ‘persistent’ in asking Richardson what would happen if he met up with the teen and there had been ‘encouragement’ on their part to turn the conversation sexual.

Miss Foley said Richardson was a vulnerable and isolated man who lived at home and did not have good communication skills with people his own age. 

She added: ‘He was flattered by the attention he was getting from a member of the opposite sex. That’s what this amounts to.

‘It is a very sad situation he finds himself in.

‘He is highly unlikely to appear before these courts again.’

Judge Paul Sloan QC said Richardson had educational difficulties and was socially isolated but had a good work record and has never been in trouble before.

The judge told him: ‘It was stated she was 13 years of age. Undeterred, you asked her to meet you and said you would bring alcohol with you and you went on to say you wanted to cuddle and kiss her.









‘There was also conversation about having sex and about having to be careful if she got pregnant.

‘It is right to say it is not entirely clear the form of sexual activity you had in mind, albeit, clearly you did have in mind sexual activity would ensue had you met.’

The judge said while Richardson posed a ‘high risk’ of sexual offending, experts concluded he could ‘safely and effectively’ be managed and treated in the community.

Richardson was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with rehabilitation and programme requirements.

Richardson must sign the sex offenders register for ten years and abide by a sexual harm prevention order for five years.

Wayne Sudama, 41 caught in Dark Justice sting

A pervert from South Tyneside claimed he only turned up to warn a teenage girl about internet dangers when he arrived to meet her.

Wayne Sudama was confronted by paedophile hunters after believing he had been chatting to a 13-year-old schoolgirl called Roxy over dating site Waplog in 2015 but had been duped by Dark Justice, a group that searches the internet looking for men wanting underage sex.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 41-year-old dad, of Cambridge Avenue, Hebburn, told the girl he thought he was talking to “you are so hot” and, after inviting her to stay at his home, suggested he would get vodka so they could “snuggle up and take it from there”.


The court heard that, during the exchange of messages, Suduma told “Roxy” she could sleep in his bed and arranged to meet her at the Centre for Life in Newcastle. Paul Reid, prosecuting, told the court: “A Facebook search revealed his name and photograph and Dark Justice went to the Centre for Life.


“The defendant turned up at around 8pm. They identified him from the photographs and called the police.”


The court heard Sudama ran off when he was confronted by the group but was recorded on video and he later handed himself in to the police. Mr Reid added: “He said he had no intention of doing anything sexual and said he wanted to shout at her to ask what she was doing talking in this manner online.


He said he had children of his own. He said he had no sexual intent. “His intention had been to warn her about what she was doing.” Sudama admitted attempting to meet a child after grooming.


Judge Stephen Earl sentenced him to 14 months in jail, suspended for 18 months, and ten years on the sex offenders register. The judge told him: “This was more than just the actions of someone who had realised there was a child online that needs telling off. Clearly, you have not meant that, by virtue of your plea.


Even if that was the case, you took it way past that point.” Judge Earl accepted Sudama had never been in trouble before and said he did not expect to see him before the court again.


The judge told him:

“Your good name goes and you are publicly humiliated.”


David Callan, defending, said Sudama has a job and led a “blameless” life up to now. He said no sexual or pornographic images were sent by Sudama during the messaging.

Convicted paedophile Stephen Short using Badoo dating website

In 2015 Stephen Short, the then 57-year-old pervert tried to groom what he thought was a 13-year-old “girl”, he traveled from his house in Blyth, Northumberland to Newcastle upon Tyne and when confronted he had wine to ply the “girl” with and Viagra to assist him on his devious act.


Now 59-year-old Short has signed back up to Badoo, the same website he used to groom the “girl” who infact was a Dark Justice decoy.

He has now moved out of Blyth and is now residing within the North Shields area.

Short pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a child under 16 following sexual grooming and was sentenced to:
– 16 Months imprisonment
– 10 Years Sex offenders Register
– 10 Years Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Badoo describes it’s self as:

Badoo is a great place to meet fun new people in your area and around the world. It’s packed with exciting users who want to chat, maybe even meet up, and share experiences, interests and friendship. We bring social networking to life by allowing you to chat, make new friends, share photos, maybe even date. You can also tell people about your interests and who you are, and play fun games that let you meet new people. You never know who you’ll find on Badoo.

You can view the video of Stephen Short getting confronted by Dark Justice in 2015 (below): 

If anyone has been unfortunate enough to meet Stephen and he has been around your children, please ring the police as it is a breach of his Sexual Harm Prevention.




Sex offender Barry Scott on dating website

Barry Scott, formerly of Wallsend, North Tyneside was caught by Dark Justice in 2015 after he bought vodka to ply the 14-year-old decoy with, he also bought condoms to as he intended to have sex with the “girl”.

The now 52-year-old has appeared back on the Badoo dating website, stating he is 45-years-old and is living within the Newcastle upon area.

The Badoo website describes it’s self as:

Badoo is a great place to meet fun new people in your area and around the world. It’s packed with exciting users who want to chat, maybe even meet up, and share experiences, interests and friendship. We bring social networking to life by allowing you to chat, make new friends, share photos, maybe even date. You can also tell people about your interests and who you are, and play fun games that let you meet new people. You never know who you’ll find on Badoo.

If anyone has been unfortunate enough to meet Barry and he has been around your children, please ring the police as it is a breach of his Sexual Harm Prevention.




Leeds pervert caged after being caught by Dark Justice trying to meet a child for sex

John Darren Boughton, 38 of Leeds, West Yorkshire traveled from his home to Newcastle upon Tyne after logging in to a children’s chat room under the alias ‘! perv uk m’and  sending a string of sexual messages to what he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

Boughton went on to ask the “girl” if she was a virgin and asked if she would of have sex with him.


He turned up in Newcastle early hours in the morning on an estate which he believed the “girl” resided at, but unbeknownst to him Dark Justice were waiting to confront.

When confronted, Dark Justice were on the phone to the police and they were on en route, but Boughton had other intentions and ran off but a Dark Justice member pursued him on foot back to his car where he noted his registration down and passed it to the police, his car pinged an ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) and he was arrested near the MetroCentre, Gateshead.

The offences were carried out between 28th – 30th October 2016 and he was charged with attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming and plead guilty to the offence.

Boughton got handed a 16 month prison sentenced and he was also ordered to abide by a sexual harm prevention order and sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.

Pervert who was SPARED prison for sexual activity with a girl, 13, is jailed for two years after sending explicit images to ‘paedophile hunters’ Dark Justice posing as ANOTHER young child

A pervert who was spared jail when he groomed a 13-year-old girl is now behind bars after vigilante paedophile hunters caught him trying to meet another child.

Richard Oglesby, 26, was told to sign the sex offenders’ register in 2011 after he had sexual activity with an underage teenager he befriended on Facebook.

He underwent treatment to try and stop his offending but has now been jailed for two years after being trapped by a Dark Justice sting.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the group, who pose as children online to expose paedophiles, had set up a profile on a messaging site called Scout.

Oglesby made contact with the ‘girl’ – who Dark Justice named Hayley – late last year, then quickly said ‘bye’ when told it belonged to a 13-year-old.

But the court heard that within weeks, Oglesby got in touch with the ‘girl’ again and initially engaged in friendly chat, which quickly turned sexual.

Prosecutor Emma Dowling told the court: ‘He asked, “do you want some company in bed?”

‘Eleven minutes later, he sent another message asking “are you a virgin?”.’

The court heard the graphic chat developed into Oglesby sending the ‘girl’ a picture of his penis, with the caption ‘mmm, you like?’ and asking for naked pictures of the schoolgirl in exchange.

When Oglesby turned up to meet the ‘girl’, so he could ‘get a kiss’, he was confronted by Dark Justice and drove off.

The group, who have been responsible for dozens of convictions of paedophiles, tracked him to his home and handed a file of evidence about him to the police

Oglesby, from Sunderland, admitted attempting to meet a child after grooming.

Judge Amanda Rippon sentenced him to two years behind bars with a lifelong Sexual Harm Prevention Order and ten years on the sex offenders’ register.

The judge told him: ‘You began conversations with what you understood to be a 13-year-old girl.

‘The conversations were relatively platonic for the first few weeks but that changed and you decided you would ask her whether or not she was a virgin and whether she wanted company in bed.

‘You knew it was wrong. The messages continued, you wanted to meet her, kiss her, cuddle her.

‘You knew it was wrong, you made it plain during the messages.’

The court heard it was in August 2011 Oglesby was given a community order or having sexual activity with a 13-year-old girl and he has breached court orders relating to that conviction since.

Judge Rippon told him: ‘I am quite satisfied you pose a risk to underage girls, girls under 16.’

Jacqueline Coxon, defending, told the court Oglesby fails to appreciate ‘sexual boundaries’ but did not intentionally set out to chat to a child when he went on the site.

Miss Coxon added: ‘He is a hard working young man who has had a decent upbringing.

‘He accepts there is still work that needs to be done to prevent further offending.’

26-year-old Bedlington man pleads guilty to child sex offence [Dark Justice case]


A 26-year-old male from Bedlington, Northumberland who we caught in July 2016 has pleaded guilty to ‘Attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity’.


He came to meet the 13-year-old “girl”, after grooming her over social media when he arrived he had alcohol in his possession to, which he intended to let the “girl” but was confronted by Dark Justice.

Fast forward a week and a bit and we receive a rather weird email from his solicitor informing us we’ve broke the law, as a criminal solicitor, she may not know UK media laws. We blurred his face, which many TV and tabloids do, as the saying going innocent until proven guilty, he is now guilty as he plead guilty but we do NOT intend naming him until he has been sentenced, even though we could name him now if we wanted.


Some of the emails sent from his solicitor:

After emails back and forth and seeing she wasn’t getting anywhere, we decided to call the police ourselves. We confirmed what we told her, yes we uploaded a picture but it’s blurred and no it’s not getting took down, after ringing the police ourselves, they confirmed they couldn’t tell us to take it down as we hadn’t broken any laws, which we already knew.


Note: If you do know this individual, do not name him publicly. We will name him once he has been sentenced.

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.