Sexual predator becomes 61st person to be snared by paedophile hunters

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A sexual predator who organised to meet an underage girl was surprised by paedophile hunters.

Jonathan Haswell believed he had been sending graphic messages and pictures of his private parts to a 15-year-old girl online.

But the 44-year-old, of Station Lane, Birtley, Gateshead, had been snared by Dark Justice, a two man organisation set up to catch men looking for sex with underage girls.

During online converstaions Haswell had told the schoolgirl, who told him she was only 15 and had never had a boyfriend, they could watch pornographic movies together and copy what was happening on screen.

He asked the schoolgirl for pictures in her underwear.

When Haswell turned up to a pre-arranged meeting in Newcastle city centre he confessed he was carrying a pornographic movie.

At Newcastle Crown Court Haswell pleaded guilty to attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

He was sentenced to two years imprisonment, suspended for two years, with sex offender registration for ten years.

Haswell now has to abide by a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for life.

Haswell is the 61st person to be caught by Dark Justice.