Man busted driving 150 miles to meet 14-year-old boy he met on gay appBy William Martin 5:45 AM November 27, 2017
A man in the United Kingdom was jailed after he was busted driving 150 miles to meet a 14-year-old boy he met on a gay app.
The Newcastle Crown Court heard that 52-year-old Kevin Bingham met a 14-year-old boy named Thomas on Grindr.
The divorced father sent explicit photos and videos of himself to the teenager.
After many graphic exchanges online, Bingham arranged to meet the teenager for sex.
When the 14-year-old boy agreed to meet, Bingham booked a room in a hotel for one night and he drove more than 150 miles from Nottingham to Sunderland, Tyne, to see the child.
However, when he arrived, Bingham discovered that he did not communicate with a boy but with a group called Guardians of the North.
The group members pose as children online to catch adults looking for sex with underaged kids.
Members of the group confronted Bingham and police were called. The group handed over all the communication between Bingham and what he thought was a boy to police and he was arrested.
Authorities said that officers found 199 indecent images and videos of children on Bingham’s cell phone after his arrest.
According to court records, Bingham had previously received a police caution for kissing an underage boy.
Defense attorney Jamie Adams said that Bingham lost family and friends including his wife who filed for divorce after he came out to friends and family as gay in his 40s.
In court, Bingham pleaded guilty to attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act, attempting to meet a child following grooming, and making indecent images of children.
Judge Edward Bindloss sentenced Bingham to 16 months in prison. He must also register as a sex offender for life.