A pervert who sent a ‘boy’ sick messages and videos of a man masturbating was snared by paedophile hunters.
Kevin Bingham, 52, thought he had been chatting to a 14-year-old boy called Thomas on Grindr and arranged to meet him more than 150 miles away.
But the profile was fake and created by Guardians of the North, an organisation with members who pose as children online to snare adults looking for underage sex.
Its members lured Bingham into the encounter in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, in October last year but filmed the perv waiting for ‘Thomas’. Police arrested the dad and he was jailed for 16 months this week.
Newcastle Crown Court heard Bingham, who already had a police caution for kissing an underage boy, started sending illicit images of himself to the fake profile ‘within hours’ and also sent a video of an adult man masturbating.
Bingham, who is a divorced father, booked a room in a hotel on the night he thought he was meeting the teenager.
But after police detained Bingham, officers found 199 indecent images and videos of children on his mobile phone.
He admitted attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act, attempting to meet a child following grooming and making indecent images of children.
Jamie Adams, defending, said Bingham lost his marriage and those around him after he ‘came out to friends as family as gay’ in his 40s.
The court heard Bingham, of no fixed address, was at a ‘low ebb’ when he committed the offences but has numerous references to his ordinarily positive character.