A pervert sent “sexual” pictures of Disney characters to what he thought was a child then travelled more than 250 miles hoping to meet her.
Paul Taylor was using the name Frozen Fan on a website for under-16s when he believed he was communicating with a 13-year-old girl.
The 48-year-old told the fake girl her dental braces were “sexy” and arranged to meet her in Byker, Newcastle.
But after driving all the way from Fort William, in Scotland, to see her, he was confronted by paedophile hunters Dark Justice and arrested.
Taylor, of Foyers Road, Kinlochleven, Argyle, Scotland, pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming and was given a three-year community order.
He was also made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for seven years and must sign the sex offenders’ register for the same period.
Judge Sarah Mallett told him: “You engaged in contact with what was in fact a group posing as a child on social media.
“There was a conversation for 45 minutes before moving on to WhatsApp and the conversation took on a sexual tone.