Moment paedophile who groomed ’13-year-old girl’ in online chatroom offering to pay her for kisses and cuddles was caught by Dark Justice.

A paedophile who offered to pay a 13-year-old schoolgirl for kissess and cuddles was snared by Dark Justice vigilantes.

Martyn Ager, 32, from Colchester in Essex, was caught by the paedophile hunters after arranging to meet someone he thought was a schoolgirl, around 300 miles away in Newcastle.

The group confronted him at their meeting place and photographed and filmed him before police officers arrived.

Ager was arrested and later jailed for 12 months, suspended for two years, with a rehabilitation requirement of 30 days and 100 hours of community service, at Newcastle Crown Court.38eaa80400000578-3813785-image-m-4_1475155188725

He was also given a month’s curfew between 7am and 7pm, made to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.

The court heard officers arrived at the scene within minutes of Ager arriving and recovered items over night essentials, playstation games and two bottles of wine.

At one point he told his victim: ‘If you don’t tell me what you want, I won’t bring anything at all.’

Prosecutor Michael Bunch told the Newcastle Crown Court: ‘The defendant talked about making payment to the girl for kisses and cuddles.

‘The conversation between the two progressed quickly.

‘He suggested that he drive to the north east, though it was not until the following morning that he arrived at the meeting point.’

Mr Bunch told how the inclusion of alcohol in his bag could be considered as a gift or a bribe, an aggravating factor.


Vic Laffey, defending said: ‘This is a man with low self esteem who has never been in trouble with police over the course of his life and has made a terrible error.

‘He has lost his job and his friends. His friends have distanced themselves from him after hearing about his crime.’

Judge Caroline Wigin said: ‘The circumstances of your offending, Mr Ager, are that you got in touch with a girl that you believed to be 13.

‘You proposed offering her money for kisses and cuddles and you proposed that you would put your hands between her legs.’

She added: ‘Although your plea was early, it was not at the earliest opportunity.’


Father, 50, who arranged to meet a ’13-year-old girl’ in order to take her virginity is caught by Dark Justice

A father who arranged to meet a 13-year-old girl and take her virginity has been jailed after he was snared by online paedophile hunters.

Mark Thornton, 50, from Darlington, chatted to underage girls across two different profiles set up by group, Dark Justice.

The group create decoy accounts to track down men who are seeking sexual activity with underage girls.

Among the sick messages sent by Thornton were requests for risque pictures and he also asked one girl if she was ‘excited’ about losing her virginity with him.

He admitted two charges of attempting to incite a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity, one charge of attempting to meet a child under 16 and one charge of attempting to meet a child under the age of 16 for the purpose of sexual activity, at Teeside Crown Court.

Thornton was sentenced two years in prison and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for ten years.

During the trial, prosecutor Paul Abrahams said that Thornton began chatting to a social media profile with the name Jessie Amy Thompson in July of this year and soon turned the conversation sexual.

Mr Abrahams said: ‘She said she was 13-years-of-age. That was made quite clear in the conversation.

‘He used what we would call in global terms, grooming. He was asking her to commit penetrative sexual acts.’

Thornton used explicit language and asked her to meet up but no such meeting materialised.

Later the same month, Thornton struck up a conversation with a profile under the name Toon Lass on the social media site Kik and was again told her age.



Mr Abrahams added: ‘She indicated immediately that she was 13 and called Amy.

‘He told her he had previously had sex with a 15-year-old but she would have been the youngest.

‘He exchanged pictures of his penis and asked for pictures of her but she said she had none.’

‘Thornton then asked: ‘Are you looking forward to losing your virginity babe?’

The following day, Thornton arrived at an Asda car park in Darlington to meet the girl and was caught on camera by Dark Justice.

He was later arrested by police.

Christopher Baker, defending, said: ‘This defendant has failed to give a true explanation to why he went about this.

‘But the reality is that these offences occurred when things in his life were going badly with his partner and his 26-year-old son who has various difficulties.

‘That is some explanation for this kind of behaviour.



‘But he accepts that people do this sort of thing because they have a sexual interest in children.

‘He has lost his partner, the majority of his friends and his good name.

‘Although this defendant was oblivious to this, there was no actual risk of harm to any child.’

Thornton was visibly shaken in the dock as Recorder Richard Wright QC handed him a prison sentence and told him his behaviour was ‘deeply concerning’.

Mr Recorder Wright told Thornton: ‘It is clear to me that you have little to no insight into your offending so you pose a risk to children.

‘You have a sexual interest in children and this is deeply concerning.

‘In fact no children were exposed to your behaviour but you did not know that so I am sentencing you essentially on what was in your mind and what you would have done had you been able to get your hands on a child.

‘You chose to offend in this way. Losing your partner, friends and family is entirely your own fault.’


Dark Justice paedophile hunters snared a pervert after posing as a 13-year-old girl.

Ian Skittlethorpe used WhatsApp messages to urge a girl – who was actually a fake profile set up by vigilante group Dark Justice – to send naked photos.


But after he said he had access to two children, the secret group tipped off police and he was arrested. Shamed Skittlethorpe, 58, of Howe Road, Gosport, avoided jail after his perverted crimes were detailed at Portsmouth Crown Court. In messages he sent, Skittlethorpe boasts about travelling to abuse children across the globe. In court these were described as ‘fantasies’. Tom Wright, prosecuting, said the vigilante group, which was named in court, used fake accounts to catch people.

“He expressed to her his wish to have sex with her, he talks about how it was a long time he had taken the virginity of a 13-year-old girl”
Prosecutor Tom Wright

Mr Wright said: ‘False accounts have been set up which give all the appearance of being the social media of young girls between the ages of 11 and 15. There was a profile set up, a young girl called Amy, featuring photographs. ‘In all the contact she was at pains to say she was 13 and living alone in Newcastle. ‘Ian Skittlethorpe was lured into a very sexualised contact with her over a period of days. ‘In very short terms, he was discussing with Amy very sexual matters.


‘He expressed to her his wish to have sex with her, he talks about how it was a long time he had taken the virginity of a 13-year-old girl.

‘He talked about having consensual intercourse with other young people.’ The messages also show Skittlethorpe talking about sex with a dog.

Skittlethorpe asked for a photo of ‘Amy’ undressed and asked her to take her top off. Mr Wright added: ‘It seems the evidence that (the vigilante) was getting might have been more extensive but on August 12 Mr Skittlethorpe in the course of conversation indicated (he would have access to two young girls).’

Skittlethorpe was able to delete WhatsApp on his phone but police found 13 indecent images. He admitted 10 counts of possessing indecent images, one count of possession of extreme pornography and one of distributing one indecent image.

The indecent images included categories C, B and A, the worst kind. Skittlethorpe admitted two counts of attempting to cause a child to engage in sexual activity.

Recorder Anne Arnold said the case was ‘troubling’ and handed him an 80-week prison term suspended for two years.

He must sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and a sexual harm prevention order means he must not contact children or for 10 years use internet devices without making them available to police. He must complete a sex offenders’ group programme and 25 days of rehabilitation.

Daniel Reilly, mitigating, said Skittlethorpe had got rid of all internet devices. He added: ‘He speaks of the shame he feels and deep regret at the way he has behaved.’

Asked to comment about vigilante action, a Hampshire police spokesman said: ‘We understand the desire to protect children, but any member of the public who has information about child sexual abuse, online or otherwise, should get in contact with the police so we can investigate and bring people to justice.’

Male in his 40’s arrested for attempting to meet a disabled child following grooming.

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A man, aged 40 from Chester Le Street has been arrested after trying to meet what he thought was a  disabled girl following sexual grooming.


He sent multiple indecent images of himself and then send a video of him performing a sexual act on himself.

He sent a string of disturbing message saying things like how he wanted to kiss her between legs, and have sexual intercourse with the child!

He was arrested at the meeting location and is now in police custody.


We will update this when we have more info!


Smiling pervert caught by Dark Justice walks free from court despite arranging to meet child for sex



Callum Jennings was caught out by  paedophile hunters when he turned up to meet a 13-year-old girl.

Jennings thought he had been chatting online to an underage schoolgirl he met on a dating site but Newcastle Crown Court heard he had been duped by Dark Justice, an organisation set up to track down men who want sex with young girls.

During online conversations with the girl, the 22-year-old, from Newcastle, sent a picture of his penis, a video of himself masturbating and engaged in graphic sexual chat.

The court heard Jennings arranged to meet up with the girl in Newcastle on April 18.

Prosecutor Sue Hirst told the court: “Members of Dark Justice went to the meeting point and saw the defendant.

“They spoke to him and asked him if he considered meeting a 13-year-old and sending the messages he had sent her to be acceptable. He stated they were meeting as friends.”




Jennings told police he had been “stupid”.

He pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a child following grooming and attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act.

Recorder Toby Hedworth QC sentenced Jennings to 16 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with rehabilitation requirements.

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

The judge said it was unclear whether Jennings intended to have full sex with the underage girl.

He told Jennings: “You were informed almost immediately that she was only

13. Notwithstanding that, you maintained your interest.

“I find your interest in her, where perhaps was initially wanting company, your interest became sexual almost immediately.

“Because of the good offices of Dark Justice fortunately there never was a real child. This you didn’t know, it was a virtual relationship you were engaging in.”

The judge said Dark Justice carry out “important work” and was convinced Jennings has learned a ” salutory” lesson.

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

Brian Hegarty, defending, said Jennings had stated during his messages with the girl that he couldn’t have sex with the girl because of her age and had asked if she had a spare room when they discussed him going to her home.

Mr Hegarty said Jennings had said he was unsure about the meeting and added: “He had grave reservations about what he was doing. He knew he was behaving very foolishly.

The court heard Jennings was “crestfallen” and is sorry for his behavior.

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Moment paedophile arrives to take virginity of 13-year-old girl – only to be caught by Dark Justice

A paedophile was caught on camera by a vigilante group when he thought he was meeting a 13-year-old girl for sex.

Douglas Smith thought he was chatting with a schoolgirl through Facebook and encouraged her to meet up so he could take her virginity.

But when the 56-year-old turned up to meet his underage target, he was confronted by members of Dark Justice, who pose as children online to catch sex offenders.

Smith was already on the Sex Offenders Register as a result of an earlier conviction for viewing indecent images when he started chatting to the ‘girl’.

Newcastle Crown Court heard during their five-day conversation in June, he told the girl he loved her, said she was ‘sexy’ and she had a beautiful smile.

Prosecutor Rachael Landin said: ‘In response to some questions in relation to whether matters would hurt he said he penis wasn’t very big.’

Smith, of North Shields, Tyne and Wear, was arrested when he turned up at Central Station in Newcastle to meet the girl but was confronted by Dark Justice, who filmed the meeting.






He pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a child after grooming and breach of registration requirements by failing to tell the authorities where he was living.

He was jailed for a year and eight months and ordered to serve an extended licence period after he is freed. He must now sign also the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Judge Jeremy Freedman told him: ‘You clearly intended there should be full sexual intercourse, even though you believed the girl to be a 13-year-old child who had no sexual experience of any sort.

‘The person you in fact communicated with was with an organisation called Dark Justice, who track down people such as you, who attempt to groom children though social networks.

‘It is deeply concerning you have not changed your behaviour in any way, despite being on a sex offenders treatment programme.

‘You have no real insight into the harm our actions could potentially cause.

‘I think you are intent, if left to your own devices, on having sexual relationships with young people, even though you know very well it was wrong to so do and very harmful to potential victims of such offences.’

Smith claimed he was ‘lonely’ when he started the online conversation and had been ‘flattered’.





TELL ME UR BRA SIZE FIRST Pervert who sent lewd pics to ‘underage girls’ snared by Dark Justice

Michael List admitted sending “hundreds” of explicit pictures and graphic messages to two young teens while his live-in girlfriend was out at work.




He confessed he engaged in the behaviour for a “sexual kick” after meeting girls on the networking site Skout.

But he was unaware he had actually been caught in a trap by members of Dark Justice – an anonymous group which targets men who want to engage in sex chat or acts with underage girls.

Newcastle Crown Court heard List first started chatting to who he thought was a 13-year-old girl called Sara in June last year.

List gave the girl, who told him her young age, his phone number so they could engage in explicit chat via Whatsapp.

About a month later, he started sending sexual messages to another girl he met over Skout, who claimed to be called Stacey and told him she was 15.

She had the same profile picture as “Sara”.

When “Stacey” agreed to a meeting with List and claimed to be on her way, he backed out of the arrangement and said “he thought it was best if they did
not meet up”.


Dark Justice handed the chat logs they had been having with List over to the police and he was arrested.

Despite pleading guilty to attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity, the 41-year-old, of Chester Le Street, escaped jail.

Judge Penny Moreland instead gave him a suspended sentence because he had changed his mind about meeting the young girl.

Prosecutor Anne Richardson told the court: “He said he had arranged to meet the girl but then decided against it as he had a partner and did not really want to meet someone else.

“He denied ever having met any of the people with whom he chatted over the Internet for sex.

“Although he could not remember the specific chat with the girls he was asked about, he did agree that he had shown photos of his penis on WhatsApp while corresponding with them.

“He said that he lived with his partner and that she would most probably have been at work whilst he was messaging.

“He said he had no intentions of meeting anyone and had done it for a sexual kick”.

List said during one of the messages he would “lose his job, his house and his life” if his online behaviour was exposed.

Judge Moreland sentenced List to six months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months with group work programme and £500 costs.

List must sign the sex offenders register and abide by a sexual harm prevention order for seven years.


The judge said: “Hundreds of messages were exchanged.

“The messages were highly sexual in content, you asked for indecent images and sent indecent images of yourself.

“You discussed the possibly of performing a range of sexual activities.

“Unusually for cases of this sort you cancelled the meeting and thought better of your plan to meet.

“For that reason and that reason alone I am prepared to suspend the sentence.”

The messages were highly sexual in content, you asked for indecent images and sent indecent images of yourself.
Judge Penny Moreland

Peter Walsh, depending, said List had a good work record and no history of similar offending.

Mr Walsh said List had a “fixation” with online activity and is willing to work on his problems.

He added: “When the opportunity was there to actually meet a young girl he thought was interested in serial activity he made but clear he wouldn’t meet her.

“That’s powerful mitigation.”

46-year-old man from Alnwick arrested.

A 46-year-old man from Alnwick has just been arrested at Alnwick bus station for trying to meet what he thought was a 13-year-old girl following sexual grooming.


He wanted to have sex with the teenager and brung alcohol with him, he is now in police custody.

Once he has been through the system a video of the confrontation and chat logs will be released.

We will update this article when we have more information available

Male caught attempting to meet a 13 year old child.

Today a male in his 40s has been arrested for attempting to meet a 13 year old child following sexual grooming.


He asked if he could be her first and wanted to meet the girl for sex after only been talking for a few hours and then travelled for over 3 hours to meet the 13 year old child close to the newcastle city center.

He was arrested at the location and is now in police custody.

We will update this article when we have more information available


We can now confirm the male has been charged with two offences and has a history of child abuse ranging from possession of indecent photographs to attacking a child.

Once this case has been though the courts we will make the video and chat logs public.

North Shields fisherman gets snared in the nets of Dark Justice

North Shields fisherman gets snared in the nets of Dark Justice

Bradley Masterson thought he was meeting up with a 13-year-old called Roxy but in fact he had been chatting online to Newcastle-based Dark Justice.

A court heard the communications between the 19-year-old and the fictional girl quickly became sexual and Masterson suggested they meet up.

An arrangement was made for them to meet at the Centre for Life, in Newcastle city centre, but when Masterson turned up Dark Justice and the police were lying in wait and he was arrested.

Now the teenager, never in trouble before and described as “immature”, has been given a suspended prison sentence at Newcastle Crown Court after he admitted attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.

Prosecutor Alec Burns said Dark Justice had set up a profile on social media website under the name Roxy.

The profile said Roxy was 18 but, as is common practice for the group, they then told Masterson she was in fact well below the age of consent.

Mr Burns said: “The communication did not go on for long before he asked to meet her.

“He asked her to send a photograph of herself when she was getting changed.


“They arranged to meet at the Centre for Life and the defendant was met by Dark Justice and the police arrested him.”

Masterson, of Bedford Street, North Shields , told the police the girl’s profile said she was 18 and said he only wanted to meet her as a friend but he was unable to explain why messages of a sexual nature had been sent, the court heard.

He pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming and was given 12 months in a young offender institution, suspended for two years with supervision. He must also sign the sex offenders register for 10 years and was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for five years.

Recorder Ben Nolan said Masterson had been “entrapped” into committing the offence.

The judge added: “Having said that, you responded to those messages and showed enthusiasm for committing the offence to those who sent you those messages, albeit there was never a child in existence in this case.

“You appear to have an unhealthy interest in young girls and you have got to get away from that.”

Tony Hawks, defending, said: “He is an immature 19-year-old, which goes without saying given the way he behaved.

“He comes from a respectable family and his mother is very upset about what happened.

“He has an offer of working on a fishing boat if he is allowed his liberty. He has done some work on a boat in North Shields.”