An Internet vigilante justice group was able to stop a U.K. pedophile in his tracks after they lured him to meet who he thought was a 14-year-old girl, and now, the pedophile has been sent to jail for a year.
John Rudd, 57, was sentenced to one year behind bars after Internet vigilante group Dark Justice set up a fake profile for a 14-year-old girl and got him to travel to meet her. In a video the group published, the man is confronted by group members as he waits for the nonexistent 14-year-old.
“I just feel stupid,” Rudd said in the clip after being caught by the Dark Justice members, both of whom were in their 20s.
“The case is a little unusual in that the actual people with whom he was communicating were two men in their 20s, members of a group Dark Justice,” Prosecutor Alec Burns said. “They effectively set up a trap to trap paedophiles [sic]. After a short time, three weeks, she told them she was in fact only 14. That did not stop the communications.”
Rudd traveled a far distance to meet the young girl, and after encountering the Dark Justice members with their camera, he tried to flee. A few minutes later, he was arrested.
Rudd admitted to the charges against him, and in addition to the year in prison, he will have to register as a sex offender for 10 years.
Check out the video of Rudd’s encounter with Dark Justice below.