Edward Armstrong believed he was having an online conversation with a schoolgirl called Amy but in fact he had fallen into a trap set by Dark Justice.
Despite being told she was underage, the 59-year-old said he “wanted to see her naked body” and talked about sexual contact, although he did say “no sex until 16”.
During the chat, Dark Justice established which branch of the supermarket chain he worked at in Washington, waited for him to finish, followed him home and passed his address to police.
Now Armstrong, who admitted attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child, has been given a two year community order with rehabilitation requirements at Newcastle Crown Court. He must sign the sex offenders register and abide by the terms of a sexual harm prevention order for five years.
Recorder Tom Little QC told him: “This is one of many sting type operations undertaken by various groups and in this case you were subjected to one of those sting operations.