Ex-BGT hopeful and wrestler ‘The Outlaw’ caught by paedophile hunters
Ex-Britain’s Got Talent hopeful caught by paedophile hunters – but he wants to sing at kids’ parties
Entertainer George Jackson, 71, of Washington, was caught by Dark Justice arranging to meet what he thought was a 15-year-old girl for sexual activity
WATCH AS ENTERTAINER GEORGE JACKSON IS CONFRONTED BY DARK JUSTICE
A former Britain’s Got Talent hopeful was snared by paedophile hunters trying to meet an underage girl – but he still wants to sing at parties for children.
Entertainer and former professional wrestler George Jackson, 71, made contact with an online profile purporting to be a 15-year-old girl from Newcastle called Jessie.
Jackson – who went by the moniker The Outlaw when he was a wrestler – suggested a meeting with Jessie for “non penetrative sexual activity”, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
But the pensioner – who hoped to wow judges with his singing on Britain’s Got Talent in 2015 – had fallen into a trap set by paedophile hunters Dark Justice.
Jackson, who claimed he was the victim of the group, admitted attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and was given a community order.
At the sentencing hearing, his barrister asked if the sexual harm prevention order he was given could be relaxed to allow him to entertain children, but that was rejected.
The court heard Jackson had posed as a man twenty years younger than his actual age when communicating with the decoy profile at the beginning of January.
Alive to the possibility the profile may not be genuine, he asked whether Jessie could be trusted and was told by the decoy: “I’m not a grass, I hate the pigs”.
Michael Bunch, prosecuting, said: “The defendant identified he was at risk of being arrested because of her age.
“He suggested they could meet up for non penetrative sexual activity and as a consequence an arrangement was made to meet the following day.
“Members of Dark Justice travelled to the defendant’s home area of Washington , he having arranged a meeting near a local shop.”
When he turned up, he was challenged by Dark Justice and police arrived to arrest him.
Mr Bunch said: “He accepted he had been involved in a conversation but suggested he was as much a victim of them as they were a victim of him, suggesting he was directed towards the responses he had given and therefore denied any culpability in that regard.”
Defence barrister John Wilkinson asked if Jackson’s Sexual Harm Prevention Order could be relaxed to allow him to entertain children.
Mr Wilkinson said: “He describes himself as an entertainer, in fact he is a singer.
“He has been very keen to let me see a number of hand bills, indicating the sort of matters he would like to do, if at all possible.
“One of those would involve his attendance at children’s parties, singing at children’s parties.”
Mr Wilkinson said parents would be present at such parties, meaning Jackson would not be with them unsupervised.
Judge Robert Adams sentenced Jackson, of Ashgill, Albany, Washington, to a community order for two years with mental health treatment and rehabilitation requirements.
The judge said Jackson must sign the sex offenders register and abide by the Sexual Harm Prevention Order for five years.
Judge Adams made it a condition of the order that he has no contact with children without the permission of parents, who are aware of his conviction, and of social services.