Paedophile with previous caution for underage sex was snared by Dark Justice

Paedophile with previous caution for underage sex was snared by Dark Justice

A 25-year-old pervert was jailed for 16 months after he tried to groom a 13-year-old girl for sex and was snared by a group of paedophile hunters.
Adam Bushell, of Holy Stone Avenue, Blyth, Northumberland, believed he had been talking to a shy schoolgirl online before he arranged to meet up with her on Westmoreland Road, Newcastle.
But Bushell had in fact been communicating with members of Dark Justice, an anonymous group set up to snare perverts who lurk online, who waited for him to arrive with police officers.

Bushell, a pizza delivery driver and handyman, was arrested and admitted attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.
The 25-year-old, who has a previous conviction for covering a heavily pregnant woman’s mouth with duct tape during an attack, has also been cautioned in the past for having sex with an underage girl.
Judge Tim Gittins said Bushell’s clear intention was to have penetrative sex if the underage girl had shown up, if she was keen.
Bushell had told the ‘teen’ her age put him off ‘a bit’ but promised he would be gentle with her.
The judge said: ‘Sadly, there are occasions when real girls, against their better judgement, would engage with such activities and they need to be protected from themselves.

‘You were told at an early stage in this conversation she was only 13. Notwithstanding that, you continued to communicate.
‘In fact, it turned out to be a member of the organisation Dark Justice, who had set up a fictitious account to identify people preying on young females.’

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Bushell, who is now making plans to marry his partner, was jailed for 16 months and must abide by a sexual harm prevention order and sign the sex offenders register for the next 10 years.

Prosecutor Neil Pallister told the court Bushell had started talking to the decoy on an adult dating website and soon started exchanging private messages on Whatsapp.

During the conversations, Bushell asked for nude pictures and sent shirtless snaps of himself, despite believing the girl to be just 13-years-old.

When asked if her young age put him off, Bushell said it did ‘a bit’.
Mr Pallister told the court: ‘He said he couldn’t have sex or kiss due to her age but in the same conversation he said if she had sex he would be gentle.’

Mr Pallister said it was in 2011 Bushell was convicted of battery after putting duct tape over the mouth of a woman who was 33 weeks pregnant and given a suspended sentence.

He assaulted the same woman later that year and was jailed.
Bushell received a caution in 2010, when he was 19, for having sex with a 15-year-old.
Alec Burns, defending, said Bushell had been trying to meet an adult on the website and had not set out to talk to a child.
Mr Burns added: ‘He is now engaged. He has made no wedding arrangements because this hearing may prevent him doing that in the near future.’
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