STEVEN KNOX AGED 45 FROM THE SOUTH SHIELDS AREA

This male had been speaking to what he believed to be a 15 year old male but was in fact a member of our team behind the profile, he had asked for sex and sexual activities and arranged to meet near his home address in south shields.

When he arrived he was confronted by members of our team and dark justice who then called police who turned up shortly after and arrested the male.

At court it was heard that upon the police searching his devices they found some illegal material on his phone which consisted of three videos which were of the most serious category of their type and a further four pictures were of the second most serious.

The age range of the children was between 5 and 15 years old.

During the time he was caught and taken to court he tried to flee the country by travelling to Edinburgh and booking himself a flight to Budapest, it was then flagged that he was attempting to flee the country which he was further arrested and placed on remand to prevent him absconding.

At court he received

21 months custodial sentence

10 years sexual harm prevention order

10 years sex offenders register