Moment man, 67, is arrested after being duped by paedophile hunters

Moment married man, 67, is led away in handcuffs after being duped by paedophile hunters into thinking he’d been sexting with a 13-year-old girl for a whole YEAR as they tell him: ‘I hope you rot’

  • Michael Turner, 67, believed he was corresponding online with three young girls
  • He exchanged messages of a sexual nature with what he thought were children
  • He had spent a year messaging a Sunderland-based paedophile hunter group
  • Turner was jailed for six years after he arranged to meet up with one of the girls 

This is the moment a pervert was led away in handcuffs after being duped by  paedophile hunters into thinking he had been having sex chat with a child for a full year.

Married Michael Turner believed he had been talking to 13-year-old ‘Ellie’ and sent sickening messages during online conversations over a shocking 12 month period.

Using a series of alias names and different internet accounts, Turner also chatted to 11-year-old ‘Lucy’ for six months and ‘Louise’, who also said she was underage, for a week.

During the conversations he used graphic sexual terms and asked for indecent photographs of the girls.

Michael Turner, 67, from Gateshead was arrested by police after he arranged to meet a 13-year-old girl in person having thought he was sending sexual text messages to a child over the course of 12 months 

Turner, pictured here being led away by Northumbria Police, changed his online aliases several times over the course of a year to avoid being caught

Michael Turner, 67, was jailed for six years after a jury found him guilty of two charges of attempting to cause or incite a child into sexual activity and three counts of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child

But Newcastle Crown Court heard the teen profiles were all decoy accounts that had been set up by Guardians of the North.

The Guardians of the North is a Sunderland based organisation whose members pose as children online to snare paedophiles.

After the year long undercover operation, members of the group filmed the moment Turner, a former council worker, was finally led away by officers and put into the back of a police van during darkness.

Footage shows one member of the group tell Turner: ‘You thought you could outsmart the Guardians, not this time.’

Another told him: ‘You’ve tortured me for a full year in these chats.

‘I hope you rot.’

The group tell him ‘tara’, ‘goodbye’ as he is put into the vehicle.

Paedophile hunters Guardians of the North kept a record of the correspondence between themselves and Turner

Turner used several aliases during the marathon correspondence with the paedophile hunters

Judge Edward Bindloss told Turner: ‘The risk of harm here to those three girls, had they existed, is high’

He denied two charges of attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity and three of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child during a trial but was convicted by a jury of all charges.

Turner, 67, from Gateshead, has now been jailed for six years.

He has to sign the sex offenders register and abide by a sexual harm prevention order for life.

Judge Edward Bindloss told him: ‘Three girls were put at risk, one for a long period and one was only 11.

‘The risk of harm here to those three girls, had they existed, is high.’

The court heard Turner has never been in trouble before or since and is in poor health.

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