Childhood cancer survivor caught stinging sting by online pedophile hunters
A childhood cancer survivor has been caught in an undercover shot by online pedophile hunters.
Corey Deans touched the hearts of the people of Tyneside as he battled a brain tumor for more than a decade from the age of seven.
But sympathy turned to disgust by some when he was caught trying to meet a 15-year-old girl after treating her on an adult website.
He showed up at a subway station in hopes of meeting ‘Katie’ but was confronted by members of the Guardians of the North, who were behind the fake schoolgirl profile.
Now Deans, 22, has been given a suspended prison sentence at Newcastle Crown Court after admitting to attempting to meet a child after sexual grooming.
A judge said it was not clear whether the brain tumor contributed to the commission of the offense, which was totally out of his character.
Judge Robert Adams told Deans: “It became very clear that you intended to meet with her in due course for sexual purposes.
“It was despite being told that she was only 15 years old. Your conversations had sexual overtures, with discussions about sexual activity.
“In due course, an agreement was made to get together for the purpose of sexual contact. You accept that this was your goal in meeting this person. “
The judge said he had read references to the usually good character of deans, written by people who are “appalled and disgusted” by what he has done.
He added: “You unfortunately suffered from cancer at the age of seven, had a brain tumor and spent two years in the hospital.
“You received treatment until you were 18, it was long-term treatment. Whether or not that injury to your brain resulted in this kind of behavior, I don’t know.
Deans, of Rodin Avenue, South Shields, thought he had spoken to a real girl on the adult chat site Badoo.
Prosecutor Michael Bunch said the Deans contacted the fake profile soon after it was created and engaged in a “flirty” conversation that turned sexual.
Mr Bunch said: ‘As the conversations progressed they continued to have sexual overtones, essentially containing clear sexual requests and topics, each time raised by the defendant asking for sex, asking what would happen if the two met.
“Eventually, an agreement was made whereby the two would meet to have contact.
“The intentions expressed by the defendant were for them to have sexual contact, most likely sexual intercourse.”
The tribunal overheard the deans appear to be “cold-eyed” shortly before the meeting and told “Katie”, “If you don’t want to do anything, we don’t have to do it.”
But it didn’t exist and when the technician arrived for the meeting at South Hylton tube station in Sunderland in April, he was confronted by members of the Guardian of the North, who contacted police for the Stop.
Judge Adams said a phone call made by a woman linked to Guardians of the North on the day of the convened meeting may have been “close enough to entrapment,” but there was no indication that the Deans were being encouraged during the sexual conversations.
After information about the meeting was posted online, the court heard that the deans and his family had suffered abuse and even death threats.
The Deans were sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with the requirements of the rehabilitation program and sex offenders, and he was ordered to sign the sex offender register and comply with a Seven-year Sexual Injury Prevention Order.
Defending Alec Burns said Deans lost his job and most of his friends as a result of what he did, but has since found a new job.
Mr Burns added: “He seems to understand the situation, what he should have done and what he should not have done.”
He said the parents and even the grandparents of the deans had been abused as a result of his behavior and the family had to put in place security as a result.
Mr Burns added: “He suffered.”