Roger Lee, 45, who already had a previous conviction for sex with a 12-year-old, made the trip from Wiltshire to Newcastle believing he was going to meet the girl on the city’s quayside.
But when he arrived he was confronted by members Dark Justice, who caught him on camera and passed the information, including the messages he had sent, to the police.
Lee, who used the name ‘ForHire’, soon started chatting openly to who he thought was a 14-year-old and sent her graphic pictures of himself.
Mr Gittins said: ‘He stated he liked young girls and had previously had a relationship with a female aged 12.
‘The messages continued over several days and began to become sexually explicit, at the defendant’s instigation.’
The court heard how Lee also sent three graphic pictures to who he thought was an underage girl and arranged to meet with her while her parents were away.
Mr Gittins said the meeting was arranged to take place on the Millennium Bridge on October 9 at 9am.
Arrange / facilitate the commission of a child sex offence – SOA 2003.
Judge Sean Morris said: ‘You were caught by internet vigilantes, which is the best way of describing them, who pretended to be a female and you entered into a conversation with them on the internet.
Lee was sentenced to two years and four months in prison at Newcastle Crown Court, pictured, after admitting attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.
SOURCE: Daily Mail