A pervert lorry driver was caught by paedophile hunters trying to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex.
Michael Billham, from Brunswick in Newcastle, made contact with who he thought was an underage schoolgirl over an online teen chat site last September.
The 52-year-old HGV driver sent a series of sickeningly ‘vulgar’ messages detailing explicit sex acts then planned a meeting at Newcastle City centre.
Judge Mallett said Billham, who lost his HGV driving job as a result of the conviction, has shown remorse and a willingness to address his offending.
Prosecutor Mark Giuliani told the court Billham had sent a message to the teen profile on the site, which was for 13-19 year-olds, saying ‘I would like to meet you’ and stating his true age.
Mr Giuliani added: ‘The group responded with ‘I am 13′ and then there follows what can only be described as vulgar messages from the defendant to who he believed was a 13-year-old girl.’
Billham was confronted on camera when he turned up at the Centre for life in Newcastle city centre on September 30 last year.
Mr Giuliani said: ‘There was an intention for penetrative activity.’
Gavin Doig, defending, said no real child was involved and Billham, who lives with his parents, has never been in trouble before and is willing to work with the authorities who can help him.