July 2019

North Wales pervert was confronted by paedophile hunters

This is the dramatic moment a pervert was caught by paedophile hunters for sending sexual messages and images to someone he believed to be underage.

In the footage Mark Wilkins can be seen being confronted by members of the Elusive Child Protection Unit for sending a lewd photo and a video of himself performing a sex act to a person he thought was a 13 year old girl.

The footage shows Wilkins, 54,  standing outside his home denying all knowledge of the messages but when asked how many children he has been contacting online he admits speaking to one.

Wilkins believed he was communicating with a teenager called Shannon but in fact it was members of the online group who target paedophiles.

He also can be seen calmly denying meeting up with any children and says he never received any indecent images of children.

During the covert operation, members of the online group carried out a citizens arrest off-camera before calling the police to arrest Wilkins on June 16.

When he was arrested by North Wales Police Wikins said: “Yes, I did it, I admit it”.

Wilkins, of Summersville Close in Connah’s Quay appeared at Mold crown court on July 11

The court heard that he had urged the “teenager” to send him videos of her performing sex acts, and told her not to tell anyone about the messages.

He was jailed for 30 weeks, given a sexual harm prevention order and must register as a sex offender for 10 years.

During the court case Judge Rowlands described Wilkins’ behaviour as “truly depraved and disgusting”