An anti-pedophile vigilante group helped catch a 24-year-old newlywed who allegedly tried to have sex with who he thought was an 11-year-old girl he met online, and the entire encounter was caught on video (below).
Dark Justice, a two-man operation based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, catches sexual predators by creating fake profiles of underage children online and then luring in those who groom them for sexual contact, according to the organization's website.
Hazaa Said, 24, tried to meet with “Amanda,” a fictional 11-year-old schoolgirl created by Dark Justice and even sent her photos of his genitals, Metro.co.uk reported.
"R u okay with my age?,” Amanda, the fake victim, asked Said in a message sent on WhatsApp.
Said replied: "Yup. Age doesn't matter for me.”
The group informed police of their operation and turned over the messages before going to meet Said, who thought he would be meeting with Amanda. Said was arrested, and he later admitted to attempting to meet a child for sex, although he told the judge he was unaware of England’s laws given that he is originally from Oman.
“Your excuse that you didn’t know the law of this country simply will not wash,” Judge Tim Gittins said during Said's hearing at Newcastle Crown Court on Oct. 22.
“It is right to say that your discussions centered around hugging and kissing her but you also said it would be nice to have sex with her, with an eleven-year-old girl," Gittins added.
During the hearing, the judge also cited the explicit photograph Said sent to the fake victim, as well as the fact that he went to meet the girl despite knowing she was underage.
Gittin sentenced Said to two years in prison. According to Dark Justice’s website, their vigilantism has resulted in 39 arrests and seven convictions.