Moment pervert, 59, who thought he was meeting a 14-year-old girl he had groomed on WhatsApp for sex is snared in a Dark Justice sting

This is the moment a 59-year-old pervert was caught by paedophile hunters after he tried to meet a 14-year-old girl he had groomed on WhatsApp for sex.

John Dickinson, from Crawcrook, Tyne and Wear, believed he had been talking to a young girl called Amy on social media, but the fake account had been set up by undercover organisation Dark Justice.

The 59-year-old was confronted by the group, who pose as teenagers online to expose men looking for sex with children, after organising to meet her in his village.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how Dickinson contacted an online profile which had been set up by Dark Justice on a dating website.

Rachel Masters, prosecuting, told the court: ‘Amy’s profile showed she was 19-years-old. Two days later on June 19 the profile was contacted by the defendant.’

The fake profile told Dickinson, ‘I’m in school’ before telling him she was 14-years-old.

The court heard how he questioned how she could be 14 when you had to be 18 to join the website and she told him she had lied.

Ms Masters said: ‘The defendant continued the conversation and asked her if she had the facilities to use the WhatsApp facility.’

Dickinson gave her his mobile number so they could communicate through WhatsApp and messaged her saying: ‘Hi Amy, do you want to try sex’.

He later asked her if she wanted to meet up and what she would want to do if they did.

He told her, ‘I’m looking for fun or sex’ to which she replied: ‘wow my age not put you off?’

Dickinson replied, ‘No but it has to be between us’ and ‘I can go to prison if found out, if you tell anyone I’m in big trouble’.

The court heard how Dickinson asked her, ‘have you ever seen a man’s penis?’ and offered to send her a picture of his.

He also asked her to send a naked picture of herself so he could see how developed her body was and if she had a bust.

Ms Masters told the court how he said: ‘You want to meet up for sex is that right? I need to know if your grown up for that.’

She told the court how Dickinson organised to meet Amy at Central Station in Newcastle but later told her: ‘can’t come, too many police’.

Dickinson told Amy to get a bus or taxi to Crawcrook instead.

But when he arrived to meet her at the bus stop, he was confronted by members of Dark Justice and the police.

Dickinson was arrested and claimed he was only going to ‘teach the girl a lesson’.

Ms Masters said: ‘He agreed we went too far and he should have stopped when it was clear she was only 14-years-old.’

Dickinson previously pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to meet a child following grooming at Magistrates court.

The judge, Recorder Ben Nolan, told Dickinson: ‘You appear before the court for attempting to meet a child for sexual purposes following grooming.

‘This is a Dark Justice case, in a sense you have been caught by a sting.’

Recorder Nolan sentenced Dickinson to 12 months in prison suspended for two years with a rehabilitation activity requirement.

He also ordered him to sign the sex offenders register and abide by a sexual harm prevention order for ten years.