A former Britain’s Got Talent hopeful was snared by paedophile hunters trying to meet an underage girl – but he still wants to sing at parties for children.
Entertainer and former professional wrestler George Jackson, 71, made contact with an online profile purporting to be a 15-year-old girl from Newcastle called Jessie.
Jackson – who went by the moniker The Outlaw when he was a wrestler – suggested a meeting with Jessie for “non penetrative sexual activity”, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
But the pensioner – who hoped to wow judges with his singing on Britain’s Got Talent in 2015 – had fallen into a trap set by paedophile hunters Dark Justice.
ackson, who claimed he was the victim of the group, admitted attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and was given a community order.
At the sentencing hearing, his barrister asked if the sexual harm prevention order he was given could be relaxed to allow him to entertain children, but that was rejected.
Judge Robert Adams sentenced Jackson, of Ashgill, Albany, Washington, to a community order for two years with mental health treatment and rehabilitation requirements.
The judge said Jackson must sign the sex offenders register and abide by the Sexual Harm Prevention Order for five years.
Judge Adams made it a condition of the order that he has no contact with children without the permission of parents, who are aware of his conviction, and of social services.