North Norfolk man tracked down by self-styled paedophile hunter group, court hears

PUBLISHED: 17:41 08 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:11 09 June 2018

Norwich Crown Court. Picture Adrian Judd.

Norwich Crown Court. Picture Adrian Judd.

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A north Norfolk man who had sex chats online with a girl he thought was 13 was tracked down by self-styled paedophile hunters who turned up on his doorstep, a court heard.

Morgan Green, 42, from Walcott, thought he was chatting to a schoolgirl but in fact it was an adult member of a vigilante group aimed at protecting children using the internet, Norwich Crown Court was told.

Mark Roochove, prosecuting, said in conversations, Green was clearly told the girl was still at school and only 13 and she even asked him to help with her homework.

Despite this, Mr Roochove said Green engaged in sexual conversations with the girl and sent her a naked image of himself.

Mr Roochove said the self-styled paedophile hunter group tracked down Green to his address and one called at his home only to find he was not in, but his wife was.

He said information was then passed to police and Green, who had a job working with vulnerable adults, was arrested.

Green, who appeared via video link from Norwich Prison, pleaded guilty on the basis that the girl’s profile picture looked over 18 but accepted he had then engaged in sexual conversations with a girl, he thought was 13.

Green, formerly of Coast Road, Walcott, admitted attempting to sexually communicate with a child aged 13 between October 21 and November 19 last year.

Judge Andrew Shaw told Green he had started chatting with a girl he thought was 13, but who was in fact a fictional profile created by the paedophile hunter group: “What is concerning about cases of this type is what was going through your mind.”

He said Green was seeking to obtain sexual gratification through the conversations, but said sentence should be not just be about punishment but rehabilitation and Green had already spent months on remand.

He said normally anyone communicating with a child in this way should expect immediate custody but instead he imposed a 12 month community order with a rehabilitation requirement.

Green was also put on the sex offenders register for five years and made subject to a sexual harm prevention order.

Philip Farr, for Green, said he was willing to engage with the probation service. He said Green was now homeless and when released would also need help getting accommodation.

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