Vile grooming perv trapped in online sting after grooming ‘vulnerable schoolgirl’
A paedophile has been dramatically unmasked – moments before meeting a 14-year-old girl for sex.
Vile Ian Williams, 36, groomed the vulnerable teenager on line and sent her indecent images of himself.
Despite her telling him her age, he told her he wanted to teach her how to kiss and make love, and that he was looking forward to taking her virginity.
Using WhatsApp, he sent her a photograph of his penis, saying: ‘Wish u were here with me so u could play with my ****’.
And he begged her to send him indecent photographs, saying: ‘Have u any sexy pictures…in a short skirt or anything like that.’
Pervert Williams, who says on Facebook that he is in a relationship, exchanged dozens of sick messages with the girl, who he thought was called Roxy.
In reality, she was a ‘virtual’ decoy designed to trap dangerous sexual predators trawling the web for victims.
After a week of depraved messaging, Williams eventually believed he had persuaded her to meet him in person near his home in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, and have sex.
The night before, he told her in a message: ‘Don’t tell none of your friends what is happening tomorrow. Do you realise you will not be a virgin any more?’
He added: ‘I hope you’re not nervous. I’ve been looking forward to this.’
When he turned up for what he thought was their face-to-face-meeting, he was met by a member of Dark Justice – a public-spirited group which uses the internet to find and catch paedophiles targeting children in teen chat rooms.
Five men are in jail as a direct result of their work.
Members of the group filmed Williams insisting that he was meeting his niece.
When shown the indecent messages he had sent, he insisted his phone had been hacked and that he was an innocent victim.
The police were called and he was arrested.
He later pleaded guilty to grooming an underage girl for sex and is due to be sentenced later on Friday October 30.
Dark Justice’s controversial un-paid work has supporters and critics who are divided over whether it is morally ethical.
There are complex legal questions over its legitimacy and risks that alleged paedophiles caught by the group could escape justice by claiming they have been set-up.
Its two unemployed founders – who are aged just 23 and 21 – run their complex covert operation using just two mobile phones and a laptop.
They are behind the on line identities of several fake underage girls whose profiles and photographs are posted on popular kids’ social media platforms such as Tagged, Hi5 and Instagram.
Despite having no formal law-enforcement training, they have become expert at recognising the manipulative messaging tactics employed by predatory paedophiles who randomly contact the ‘girls’ and begin to chat.
Ultimately, they pose as the ‘girl’ and invite the man to a face-to-face meeting.
They then tip-off the police.
One of the group, who we have agreed to call Ian in order to protect his identity, said last night: “Critics of what we do say we should leave it all to the police. But the police don’t have the resources or the expertise to do what we do.
“They can only act after an alleged offence has been committed. By then, it’s too late. If it wasn’t for us, men like Ian Williams would still be out there, using the internet and the cloak of anonymity it provides, to groom vulnerable young girls and sexually abuse them.
“It is very satisfying to see him and others like him caught and convicted. The critics can say what they want, we don’t intend to stop.”