Per­vert is trapped by paedo hunters

MAN FOOLED BY ON­LINE DECOYS

Sunday Sun - - News - By Sara Nichol Reporter sara.nichol@ncj­me­dia.co.uk

A PER­VERT’S dad said ‘not t again’ when his son was con­fronted about try­ing to meet un­der­age girls for sex.

Wear­ing Bat­man py­ja­mas, War­ren Milne an­swered the door to his home to on­line pae­dophile hunters, who had caught him mes­sag­ing what he thought were teenage girls on the in­ter­net.

In fact, he was chat­ting to mem­bers of Preda­tor Hunters, a group who had set up fake pro­files as fic­tional school­child­ren in a bid to find men search­ing to groom and meet young­sters on­line.

Milne, of Hill­head Road, West Den­ton, New­cas­tle, was al­ready sub­ject of a Sex­ual Harm Preven­tion Or­der that he was given by New­cas­tle Crown Court in June this year af­ter com­mit­ting sim­i­lar of­fences last year.

On that oc­ca­sion, he was al­lowed to keep his free­dom but was made sub­ject of the or­der, which banned him from com­mu­ni­cat­ing with peo­ple un­der 16.

But, by Au­gust 20, the 24-year-old was back up to his old tricks and be­gan ex­plic­itly chat­ting to what he thought were four un­der­age girls on­line,

He was, in fact, mes­sag­ing mem­bers of Preda­tor Hunters, who turned up to con­front Milne on his doorstep on Septem­ber 17.

Now Milne is fac­ing an im­me­di­ate prison sen­tence af­ter he ad­mit­ted four counts of at­tempt­ing to com­mu­ni­cate with a girl un­der 16 for the pur­pose of sex­ual grat­i­fi­ca­tion and one count of breach­ing a Sex­ual Harm Preven­tion Or­der.

He ap­peared via video link from prison at South East Northum­ber­land Mag­is­trates’ Court on Thurs­day to en­ter his pleas.

Sue Baker, pros­e­cut­ing, said the charges were an ‘at­tempt’ to com­mu­ni­cate as the ‘vic­tims’ were ac­tu­ally decoys.

Dis­trict Judge Kate Meek said the case was so se­ri­ous that Milne should be sent to New­cas­tle Crown Court for sen­tence.

Gregg Stephens, mit­i­gat­ing, made rep­re­sen­ta­tions and will mit­i­gate in full at the sen­tenc­ing hear­ing.

Milne was re­manded in cus­tody to next ap­pear at New­cas­tle Crown Court on Novem­ber 30.

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