Smiling pervert walks free from court despite arranging to meet ’13-year-old girl’ he groomed online
Callum Jennings was snared after sending graphic messages to paedophile
hunters Dark Justice group who posed as a young teenage girl
Jennings is now a registered sex offender after being confronted by
vigilante group, Dark Justice, who posed at a schoolgirl.
22-year-old sent sexually explicit messages and images then arranged to
meet up – but was instead faced with paedophile hunters.
footage, which led to his arrest, Jennings is asked him what his
intentions are but he repeatedly says he was just meeting the girl as
‘friends’. not for anything more.
Jennings of Pine Street was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court where
it was heard he had been duped by the organisation set up to track down
men who want sex with young girls
During the conversations the
22-year-old sent a picture of his penis, a video of himself performing a
sex act and engaged in graphic sexual chat.
Jennings arranged to meet up with the girl in Newcastle on April 18, when he was apprehended by the group.
Prosecutor Sue Hirst told the court: “Members of Dark Justice went to the meeting point and saw the defendant.
spoke to him and asked him if he considered meeting a 13-year-old and
sending the messages he had sent her to be acceptable.
“He stated they were meeting as friends.”
Jennings told police he had been “stupid”.
He pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a child following grooming and attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act.
Recorder Toby Hedworth QC sentenced Jennings to 16 months imprisonment,
suspended for two years, with rehabilitation requirements.
He must abide by a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and sign the Sex Offenders Register for ten years.
The judge said it was unclear whether Jennings intended to have full sex with the girl.
He told Jennings: “You were informed almost immediately that she was
only 13. Notwithstanding that, you maintained your interest.
“I find your interest in her, where perhaps was initially wanting company, your interest became sexual almost immediately.
of the good offices of Dark Justice fortunately there never was a real
child. This you didn’t know, it was a virtual relationship you were
The judge said Dark Justice carry out “important work” and was convinced Jennings has learned a ” salutory” lesson.
He said he was convinced Jennings, who has never been in trouble before, would not be back in court again.
Hegarty, defending, said Jennings had stated during the messages that
he couldn’t have sex with the girl because of her age and had asked if
she had a spare room when they discussed him going to her home.
Hegarty said Jennings had said he was unsure about the meeting and
added: “He had grave reservations about what he was doing. He knew he
was behaving very foolishly.
The court heard Jennings, who is “crestfallen”, is sorry for his behaviour and stands to lose a lot.
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