Steven McCarthy turned up to meet what he believed was an underage schoolgirl for sex. After he arranged to meet her on Facebook at Alnwick Bus Station in Northumberland.
He said to what he believed was a school girl that having sex with someone so young would not put him off.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that he was confronted by members of Dark Justice an anonymous organisation who catch men looking for sex with girls online.
Dark Justice alerted Northumbria Police what was about to happen before they moved in.
McCarthy, of Upper Howick Street, Alnwick, was arrested and pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.
McCarthy had sent a Facebook request to a profile representing a 13-year-old girl and then began chatting with her and quickly asked her for sex.
To which the Dark Justice decoy replied “Does my age not put you off being 13?”
He quickly responded ‘Not at all, babe’. He arranged to meet her and turned up to the bus station with cans of larger.
McCarthy was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, with rehabilitation and group work requirements.
He must sign the sex offenders’ register and abide by the terms of a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years.
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