A pervert who claimed “I’m no Jimmy Savile” was caught on camera when he turned up to meet a 13-year-old virgin for sex.
Andrew Taylor, from South Shields, believed he had been chatting to an innocent schoolgirl online and said he would bring alcohol and condoms when they got together for “adult fun”.
Newcastle Crown Court heard when the 34-year-old turned up at the Centre for Life in Newcastle last August, hoping to spend the night with the underage youngster while her mother was away, he was confronted by paedophile hunters Dark Justice.
The group, who pose as underage girls online, have so far been behind the conviction of 19 potential paedophiles.
Taylor, of Beach Road, South Shields, was arrested and admitted attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.
Prosecutor Andrew Walker told the court Taylor had started chatting to members of the anonymous group, believing it to be the girl, on an adult dating website and was quickly informed she was only 13.
Despite her young age, the conversation quickly turned sexual and Taylor even made a marriage proposal for when she became 16.
During the chats, Taylor joked “I’m no Jimmy Savile” and asked the teen if she was wearing sexy clothes.
In preparation for their meeting, Taylor promised: “I will get a few Bacardi Breezers, they’re nice,” and asked her what she fantasised about.
When the youngster said she had never had sex before, Taylor said: “It is your first time, I would be extra special, I promise.”
Mr Walker added: “What was being contemplated, the prosecution would say, was penetrative sexual intercourse.”
The court heard the meeting, where Dark Justice were waiting with the police in tow, was arranged within days of Taylor starting to chat to the girl.
Judge Tim Gittins sentenced Taylor to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with programme requirements and 10 years sex offender register registration.
Taylor was given a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years.
Judge Gittins told Taylor: “I am concerned about the risk that you pose in future by such similar behaviour” and said intervention and supervision were appropriate in his case.
The judge warned: “You should know that these courts, and I in particular, have dealt with a number of offenders like you, who have been brought to justice by this group and in every other case I have imposed an immediate custodial sentence.”
Judge Gittins said a prison sentence in Taylor’s case would not address his problems and could lead to him posing a greater risk in future.
Katherine Dunn, defending, said Taylor, who is a vulnerable loner and has a history of mental health problems after a family tragedy and is immature for his age.
Miss Dunn added: ”He is socially isolated.
“He would spend almost his entire time in a room with no, or virtually no, contact at all with the outside world.
“The only contact he ever really had with the outside world was via the internet.”
Miss Dunn said there was no evidence of similar offending on any of Taylor’s computer devices and he had not set out deliberately to contact a child.