An estate agent in the north of England has been confronted by vigilantes who duped him into thinking they were underage girls.
The Hull Daily Mail website claims that estate agent Garry Mulligan, 56, had been engaging in online chats with three people who he thought were girls, each aged 14.
Mulligan is reported to have been contacting ‘Ella’, ‘Stacey’ and ‘Bobbie-Jo’ - but the trio were in fact members of a vigilante group calling itself National Child Protectors.
The Hull Daily Mail claims that Mulligan used WhatsApp and other social media platforms to groom the recipients via explicit messages and sending them links to pornographic images and websites.
Mulligan pleaded guilty at Hull Crown Court to four offences of attempting to incite a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity, and one of attempting to communicate sexually with a girl he believed was 14. The offences took place in November 2017.
He has been sentenced to six months in jail, suspended for two years.
He must register as a sex offender for seven years and was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for the same period.
You can see the local press report here.