This is when an 82-year-old former truck driver is confronted by police and pedophile hunters after bragging about sexually assaulting children over six years old during online chats.
82-year-old Joseph Lennard bragged that he had imported illegal immigrants to the UK during his career and claimed to have sexually abused children.
The retiree, who lives in sheltered accommodation, made the shocking confessions during sex chats he thought he had with a 13-year-old girl, Amy, over the Internet.
But Newcastle’s Crown Court heard that the pervert was cheated on by pedophile hunters Dark Justice, who stood behind the fake profile he was talking to and knocked on the door of the police.
Pictured: Joseph Lennard, 82, while confronted by pedophile hunters and police officers for bragging about sex offenses he thought was a 13-year-old girl. Duplicated by pedophile hunters Dark Justice, Lennard described a sex offense against a six-year-old girl in India
Lennard, whose own profile on dating app Meet4U was called Wendy13F, claimed to be a 31-year-old woman named Wendy.
During the online chats, which started just before Christmas 2018 and exchanged “ hundreds ” of messages over a three-week period, Lennard admitted he was male, but never revealed his true age.
Prosecutor Michael Bunch said much of the conversation was an “everyday” talk about food and Lennard’s car repairs.
But he added, “He revealed his attraction to Amy and suggested he want to meet Amy and engage in sexual activities with her.
“They discussed many sexual aspects and activities over the course of the messages.”
The court heard that Lennard sent a graphic image of a penis to the teen’s profile.
Mr. Bunch added: “During the exchange between the two, he also discussed the suggestion that while working as a truck driver, he had been responsible for importing illegal immigrants into this country.
Perhaps even more relevant, he said he had been responsible for a child sex crime that took place in India with a six-year-old child.
“The implication of the context of the messages he exchanged implied that he had previously had sexual activities with other children.”
Lennard is depicted in a series of WhatsApp messages sent to the pedophile hunter group Dark Justice
The court heard that members of Dark Justice had reported Lennard’s address to the police and that his house had been robbed.
The police found an extremely pornographic image on his computer, containing an hour-long video with bestiality.
Lennard of Beverly Court, Low Fell, Gateshead, admitted having attempted sexual communication with a child and having an extremely pornographic image.
Judge Julie Clemitson said the conversation was “quite intense” and said to Lennard, “You tried to impress her with reports of exploiting vulnerable children abroad and those desperate to try to enter this country illegally to travel.
“You discussed sexual activity with a six-year-old girl.
“Whether it’s true or not, the fact that you fantasized about such an issue and described it to a child is disgusting.”
Lennard, who has never been in trouble and is in poor health, was sentenced to a three-year municipal order with rehabilitation demands.
He must sign the sex offenders register and abide by an order for sexual harm prevention for five years and pay £ 400.
Defensive, Vic Laffey said Lennard had led an isolated existence that led him to explore social media.
Mr Laffey said that Lennard acknowledges that he must address and overcome his problems that led to the violation.
He added, “He has significant health problems. He is clearly very old now.
“He is ashamed that he has now lost his good character at the age of 82.
“He has been very stupid.
“He will never go to court again.”