A paedophile was caught when the young girl he thought he was talking to turned out to be an overprotective dad.
The step-dad from Bedfordshire set up a Facebook account for a fake 13-year-old called Sophie, so he could keep tabs on his step-daughter. He became concerned about the people she was hanging around with after she went to a wrestling match, apparently.
But the page soon started attracting unwanted attention from Peter McCallum, who – despite being repeatedly told the girl was underage – kept trying to get her to meet up with him, telling her: “Don’t worry, I like young girls,” and giving her his phone number, The Mirror reports.
Unperturbed by her age, the 33-year-old from Coventry kept harassing the ‘young girl’, asking her what she was wearing, whether she had any sisters and even sending over an intimate photo.
When ‘Sophie’ told him she was with an 11-year-old friend he told them he wanted to have sexual activity with them, and arranged to meet in a field near his home. But when McCallum turned up he was confronted by the step-dad and his partner, who called the police.
Daniel Oscroft, defending, told the court:
He accepts he is attracted to young girls. It’s not something he wants to have or wants to do… He was suffering from depression at the time. He’d lost five family members in succession over a couple of months. That formed the catalyst for this descent into aberrant behaviour.
McCallum pleaded guilty to two charges of attempting to meet under-age girls following sexual grooming. He was jailed for 32 months and ordered to register as a sex offender for life, reports the Telegraph.