August 2021

Paedophile hunters snare pervert who asked ’14-year-old girl’ for sex

Pervert Darren Gee engaged in sexual chat with what he believed was a 14-year-old girl.

But the 52-year-old was in fact communicating with a decoy set up by a group who create online profiles on social media purporting to children.

He asked the child to meet up with him and despite being told she was 14 he said he would like to have sex with her and sent her a picture of his penis. He also asked the ‘girl’ to send him a picture of her ‘private parts’.

The defendant ended the conversation with the girl in September 2018 but was confronted by another group of paedophile hunters the following month.

Now Gee, who lost his job at a potbank as a result of his offending, has been sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for 18 months, at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

Prosecutor Harpreet Sandhu said a group called The Force set up a decoy of a 14-year-old girl called Casey.

On August 17, 2018 she was contacted by the defendant who gave his name as Daz. He gave his correct age and added he lived in Stoke-on-Trent. He asked if she wanted a date and she said she was not sure as she was 14 and had not had a boyfriend before.

But Gee was undeterred. Mr Sandhu said: “He asked her again if she wanted to go on a date. He said, ‘We can teach you all about sex’.

“The defendant suggested they could meet the following week. Casey asked whether they could go to McDonald’s.
“The defendant said, ‘Yes, why not when he can f***’.

“She said, ‘Do you think I will be OK with being 14′? He replied, I think you will love my c***. Do you want to see it’? He sent a picture of his penis.”

The defendant told the girl she should play with herself three to five times a week as she would ‘love it’.

Gee feared the girl might be a decoy but the conversation continued.

Mr Sandhu said: “He asked if she wanted sex. He sought to persuade her that while penetration would hurt the first time she would then enjoy it.

“He sent a picture of himself to Casey. He told her to open her legs and to take her pants off and play with her private parts. He asked her to send him a picture of her private parts.”

The defendant ended contact with the decoy on September 9, 2018.

Another group, Soul Survivors, who describe themselves as paedophile hunters, confronted Gee at his home on October 27, 2018. They streamed the confrontation on social media before calling the police.

Gee was arrested. His mobile was seized and analysed. He had a Kik account and he told another Kik user his fantasy was a girl aged 14.

He made admissions, saying he had engaged in conversation with Casey and spoke to her when drinking. He said he was ashamed.

Gee, of Nash Peake Street, Tunstall, pleaded guilty to attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity and attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.

As part of the order Gee must complete a rehabilitation activity requirement for 55 days, a four month electronically-monitored curfew from 9pm to 6am, and a 12 month alcohol treatment requirement.

He was made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) for five years and was placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

And he was barred from a range of activities involving children and vulnerable adults.

Judge Paul Glenn said: “You were undeterred by her telling you your age. You made proposals for meeting up and graphically described the sexual activity you could participate in.

“You sent at least one picture of your penis and a picture of your face. You said you would teach her about sex and persuaded her to send you a photo of herself.

“You plainly had a sexual attraction towards children.

“The fact you were drunk most of the time is no excuse at all.

“It has cost you your job.

“There was no real child. No actual harm was caused. The delay in this case has been utterly ridiculous. You were not charged for almost two years. That is a significant degree of punishment. You have kept out of trouble.

“These are serious matters. Children need to be protected from those who seek to take sexual advantage of them and the internet sometimes provides the means by which people do that.

“I think I can avoid immediate custody but it has been a close run thing.”