Man planned to have sex with 14-year-old girl in “Maccies toilet”
A pervert who planned to meet a “14-year-old girl” to “have sex in a McDonald’s bathroom” was arrested after being trapped by a “group of pedophile hunters”.
Mark Needham, 34, of Windrows, Skelmersdale, was planning to meet a “14-year-old” he had spoken to online, sending explicit photos and pornographic videos of himself, and saying he wanted to have sex. sex with a “schoolgirl”.
In messages to the “girl”, Needham said he wanted her to wear a short skirt for “easier access” to her underwear, and that he wanted to have sex with her in the bathroom. from a McDonald’s.
But Needham was actually speaking to a member of a pedophile hunter group and was tricked into meeting the ‘girl’ at Liverpool Lime Street station, where he was arrested.
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Cheryl Mottram, a prosecutor at Liverpool Crown Court, said a member of the “pedophile hunter group” called “N-force for Justice” was posing as a 14-year-old girl called Darcy on an adult chat site called ” Hi”.
Needham started talking to the “girl”, who told him she was 14 and “still in school”.
Ms Mottram said that “the conversation continued and became more and more of a sexual nature”, reports the Echo.
Needham first sent a photo of himself and after receiving a photo of the fake girl he told her “I want to fuck a school girl”.
He asked the “girl” to perform a sexual act on her own and when told she was with a friend, suggested that they were having a “threesome”.
Ms Mottram said Needham uploaded “pornographic videos of himself” and uploaded photos of his genitals.
He arranged to meet with her on October 8, but said he had changed his mind “because of her age”.
On December 12, the pedophile hunter group said the girl was “coming to Liverpool for the day”.
Needham agreed to meet her and when asked what they would do he told the “14 year old” “to fuck you in the bathroom Maccies LOL”.
Members of the group proceeded to Liverpool Lime Street station and when a woman pretended to be ‘Darcy’ Needham gave her a hug before arresting her and calling the police.
He told the group that he “planned to talk to her and take her to a hotel room” and he “asked her if she would wear a short dress as it would be” easier to access her panties. “”.
He also told the group: “I have no excuse for what I did.”
In an interview with the police, he confirmed that he used chat rooms to talk to women and that he “liked to talk dirty to them” and “liked the uniforms”.
He told police “it was the uniform that was the fantasy, not the girl’s age.”
The offenses took place between November 24, 2017 and December 11 of the same year, prompting Judge David Aubrey, QC, to question why it took so long to appear in court when he admitted offenses during police questioning.
Ms Mottram said there had been various “requests” from the police, but added that “what was requested may not have been necessary”.
Needham was charged with the offenses in January this year.
The court heard that Needham had previous convictions but “nothing of a sexual nature” and “nothing since 2013”.
Helen Longworth, defending, urged the judge to suspend any custodial sentence.
She said: “He is very sorry for what he did and is trying to understand why he did it.”
Ms Longworth said: “The most important feature really is the delay.”
She said Needham “has lived with this problem that hangs over him” for three years and during that time he has not committed any further offenses.
Needham admitted to attempting to incite a girl into sexual activity, attempting to meet a girl under the age of 16 after receiving treatment, attempting to have sexual communication with a child, and attempting to get a child to watch a movie. picture of sexual activity. in the extreme “and” inexcusable “because Needham had admitted the offenses in an interview with the police.
He took into account that Needham had had “no problems” since the offenses had taken place.
Despite the mitigating features, the judge said: “The appropriate sentence can only be obtained by a sentence of immediate detention.”
Justice Aubrey explained that the sentence would have been three years, which was reduced to two years to reflect his guilty plea and reduced again by one year to reflect the delay.
As a result, Needham was jailed for a year.
He was ordered to sign the sex offender registry for 10 years and comply with a sexual harm prevention order for the same period.
Following the conviction, Justice Aubrey said the delay was “more than unsatisfactory, it was unnecessary”, adding that without this delay the sentence “would have been considerably longer”.
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