August 2021

Moment paedo hunters confront creepy widower as he tries to groom ‘schoolgirl, 14’

A North Yorkshire widower was snared by paedophile hunters after sending sexual messages to a “14-year-old girl” online.

Terence King, 74 and from Malton, thought he was talking the teenager on an adult dating site he signed up for following his wife’s death in 2017.

But York Crown Court heard how King’s attempts to quell his loneliness turned to crime, when he starting chatting to “Keira” in 2020.

Keira was actually a fake profile created by paedophile hunters “Dark Light” but King thought she was a real person.

He sent Keira a mix of messages online, some showing her photos of himself and his late wife, but others were sinister.

The 74-year old asked Keira if she was a virgin and discussed the 60 year age gap between them.

He told Keira she was beautiful and asked her would she move in with him, when she turned 15.

The court heard how the pensioner was drinking by himself at home, as he continued to message the 14-year old late into the night and through the next day.

King tried to bribe her into taking photos of herself by offering to top up her phone credit in return.

He asked about her body and tried to get her to engage in sexual activity.

King was charged with attempting to communicate sexually with a child; attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and the possession of extreme pornographic images.

He pleaded guilty to three charges at York Magistrates’ Court on June 25 and received a two year sentence suspended for two years on August 4.

King, of Greengate Road, was also made subject to a 10 year sexual harm prevention order and must attend 20 rehabilitation days.

He will sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.