A FACEBOOK groomer was collared when his victim’s mum turned internet detective.
Kieran Clough had already had one meeting and was sending explicit messages to a 15-year-old schoolgirl over the social networking site.
Newcastle Crown Court heard when the victim’s mum got concerned about her daughter’s online friendship, she accessed the account and warned Clough, who was using a fake name, to keep away.
Despite the warning, Clough continued his perverted campaign and persuaded the girl to have a second meeting, unaware his messages were still being monitored by the worried mum, who tipped off the police.
Police intercepted Clough, 23, on his way to meet the teen, who he planned to have sex with, and he was arrested.
Officers who searched his car found a book on sex toys and a knuckle duster.
A stash of more than 900 child porn images and seven movies were found on his computer.
Clough, of Wynard, Chester-le-Street, admitted grooming, possessing indecent photographs of children and having offensive weapons.
The court heard the mum accessed her daughter’s Facebook account in May last year and found the explicit messages.
Prosecutor Katherine Dunn told the court that the mum sent a message to Clough from the account: saying ‘I’m ringing the police now and reporting you for picking young girls up and asking them for sex, you pervert’.
Miss Dunn said: “They continued after the mother had made that contact, and it would appear they arranged to meet again.
“The police were informed and the police went to where the girl was meant to be meeting the defendant and he was arrested in his car at a car park.”
Judge Penny Moreland sentenced Clough to a community order for three years with a Sex Offenders’ Register requirement and Sexual Offences Prevention Order for five years.
The judge told Clough: “I am sure your intention in meeting her was not to commit non-consensual offences, but I am quite sure you intended to have sex with her if you could.”