(Scroll down for video) A man was left humiliated and alone after he was busted trying to have sex with a young girl.
The incident began when a man, who works as a pedophile hunter, pretended to be a 13-year-old girl.
“She” was contacted by 50-year-old Mark Thornton of England, who groomed the child and he sent her photos of his private parts.
Thornton told the girl that he had sex with a 15-year-old girl before, but at 13, she was his youngest sex partner. He asked the girl for photos of herself, but she said that she did not have any.
The pedophile hunter said that he also set up an online account, pretending to be a 15-year-old girl and he was once again contacted by Thornton.
Thornton and the 13-year-old girl finally decided to meet at an Asda parking lot in Darlington. When Thornton arrived, he met face to face with the vigilante who works with the group called Dark Justice.
Thornton, who has a grown son, denied knowing that the girl he came to have sex with was just 13. He claimed that she told him she was 16 years old.
However, with overwhelming proof against him, Thornton pleaded guilty at the Teeside Crown court.
He admitted to attempting to incite a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity and attempting to meet a child under the age of 16 for the purpose of sexual activity among other charges.
At sentencing, Recorder Richard Wright QC said: “It is clear to me that you have little to no insight into your offending so you pose a risk to children. Losing your partner, friends and family is entirely your own fault.”
Thornton was sentenced two years in prison and he was ordered to register as a sex offenders for ten years.