A 45-year-old paedophile believed he was waiting for a 14-year-old when he realised the ‘girl’ he had been chatting with was actually a pair of paedophile hunters.
The pair posed as ‘Amanda’ in an online chat room and came across 45-year-old David Hanson, who started a conversation.
Hanson, from Newcastle, was told by the ‘girl’ that she was 18-years-old – and even though she later confessed to being only 14, he showed no disinterest.
After four days of sending explicit messages to each other, the pair met Hanson in a public place. The ‘plan’, as far as Hanson was concerned, was to spend the night at ‘Amanda’s’, which was made clear by the contents of his backpack – containing nothing but condoms, a toothbrush and toothpaste, Women’s Weekly reports.
Instead of meeting the girl though, Hanson was met by the two paedophile hunters from a vigilante group called Dark Justice.
Obviously, he panicked, and frantically tried to defend himself. And after trying to convince the two men that he ‘wasn’t going to have sex with her’ – he fainted. Probably serves him right.
Skip to 1:46 to see his reaction when confronted by the vigilantes:
After the meeting, Dark Justice handed Hanson over to the police, where he pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming and has since been jailed for eight months.
Speaking with news.com.au, the London-based duo say their actions aren’t always met with praise – they’ve been abused, threatened, and spat on, but they say nothing will make them stop.
The response we get is different every time
They will never condone what we do but they can’t stop us.
We feel amazing that it shows we’re doing the right thing and sends a powerful message. We’re just fighting for the rights of children and for change. We never asked for this, we were forced to step up and do this by the actions of our government.
The group was founded in 2014 and describes itself on its website as a ‘two-man operation…conducting investigations.’
They contact police ahead of a meeting and confront the person with cameras to ask about their intentions. When police arrive, the pair follow officials to the station to make official statements and hand over evidence.
Their actions have so far resulted in 46 arrests and 19 convictions.