A pervert tried to meet an eight-year-old girl after sending sexual messages and photographs – then kicked a paedophile hunter when confronted.
Daniel Sloan believed he had been chatting to a primary school girl called Layla online when he talked about sex acts while telling her not to tell her mum.
The 31-year-old, already a convicted sex offender, sent her pictures of his genitals and arranged to meet the little girl.
But, fortunately, he had been speaking to a decoy profile set up by a group called Keeping Kids Safe and there was no real victim.
When Sloan turned up to meet what he hoped was Layla, he became agitated and lashed out with his foot, causing reddening to the man from the group’s leg.
Now he has been jailed for three years at Newcastle Crown Court after he admitted attempting to incite a child under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity, attempting to meet a child after sexual grooming and common assault.
Sloan got in contact with the girl’s profile “almost immediately” after it was set up on a social media site named Nearby in January.
Despite being aware of “Layla’s” tender age, he continued the conversation on Whatsapp, sent her a pictures of his genitals, asked if he they could perform sex acts on each other and encouraged her to do things to herself.
Sloan, of Olive Street, South Shields, has a previous conviction for indecent assault in 2004, on an adult victim, which resulted in him receiving a hospital order and he has offences of violence on his record.
Judge Sarah Mallett sentenced him to three years behind bars with a four-year extended licence period “for the protection of the public”.
He must also sign the sex offenders register and abide by the terms of a sexual harm prevention order for life.
Judge Mallett told him: “The organisation set up a profile on January 7 2018 on behalf of someone purporting to be Layla, aged eight.
“As soon as that profile was live, there was almost immediate contact from you and the chat then quickly became sexual.
“You also asked if her parents knew she was online and when she said no you suggested you both went on to communicate by Whatsapp.
“You told her not to tell her mother.
“You made indecent suggestions to her and also then attended the meeting place.
“You became agitated on meeting the person who was behind that profile and you kicked his leg, causing redness”.
Judge Mallett said the speed that Sloan got in touch with the profile and then turned the conversation sexual was “troubling”.
The judge added: “There is a significant risk you will commit further specified offences and by doing so you will cause serious physical or psychological harm to one or more people.”
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