Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Paedophile Hunters Trap Shop Worker in Web Sting

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Paedophile Hunters Trap Shop Worker in Web Sting

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A SHOP worker hoping for sex with a 13-year-old walked into a trap set up by paedophile hunters Dark Justice.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how shelf-stacker Damian Morton made online contact with what he thought was a schoolgirl called Charlotte.

With sex in mind, he made arrangements to meet her at Manors Metro station in Newcastle. But, when he turned up, the 22-year-old was instead confronted by members of Dark Justice and the police.

Robin Thurton, prosecuting, told the court the Dark Justice organisation had established a decoy account under the name of Charlotte on social media website Tagged.

On March 2 this year, Morton contacted "Charlotte", who told him she was 13 and their conversations continued, swapping to another social media platform, WhatsApp, where she again mentioned her age and asked: "Do you remember me?" To which he answered "yes".

They held conversations referring to meeting up when Morton had finished work at Home Bargains, and to sexual activity. …

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