A father who arranged to meet a 13-year-old girl and take her virginity has been jailed after he was snared by online pedophile hunters.
Mark Thornton, from Darlington, chatted to underage girls across two different profiles set up by group, Dark Justice.
The group create decoy accounts to track down men who are seeking sexual activity with underage girls.
Among the sick messages sent by Thornton were requests for risque pictures and he also asked one girl if she was ‘excited’ about losing her virginity with him.
He admitted two charges of attempting to incite a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity, one charge of attempting to meet a child under 16 and one charge of attempting to meet a child under the age of 16 for the purpose of sexual activity, at Teeside Crown Court.