This is the moment wannabe policeman was confronted at his home by paedophile hunters after he engaged in illicit sex chat with an underage girl's pro
This is the moment wannabe policeman was confronted at his home by paedophile hunters after he engaged in illicit sex chat with an underage girl’s profile.
Newcastle Crown Court heard, Adam Snowball was told by members of vigilante group Guardians of the North that schoolgirl ‘Louise’ was just 14 when he contacted her on Blendr, and later Kik.
Despite being told her age the 21-year-old, who has ‘long standing ambitions’ to become a police officer according to his defence solicitor, still sent her pictures of his private parts,
Adam Snowball was told by Guardians of the North he was talking to a girl aged 14
He was confronted at home by members of Guardians of the North until the police arrived who recorded the moment.
During a series of graphic online conversations, the 21-year-old asked if she was a ‘virgin’, whether she would let him ‘do stuff’ and asked her to send photographs.
The court heard Snowball had been duped by Guardians of the North, who set up fake online profiles to snare perverts looking for illegal contact with children.
The child behind the ‘Louise’ profile never existed.
Prosecutor Michael Bunch told the court the online conversations last August, with who Snowball thought was a child, had turned quickly sexual.
He said: ‘Within a short period of time he had asked if she was a virgin.
‘He asked what she was wearing and, when told pyjamas and underwear underneath, he asked her to prove it by sending pictures.
‘He asked her what the most she had ever done with a lad was.’
Snowball was detained at his home by Guardians of the North members until police arrived and arrested him
The court heard the conversations became more graphic and Snowball sent pictures of his privates and asked for pictures of her legs.
Mr Bunch said Snowball had said he wished the girl was two years older so they could have sex, as it was ‘too risky’ at her age.
Snowball, of Bardon Mill, Northumberland, was confronted at home, where he lives with his parents, and detained by Guardians of the North until the police arrived.
He pleaded guilty to attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.
Judge Penny Moreland sentenced Snowball to a community order for three years with programme and rehabilitation requirements and £500 costs.
Snowball must sign the sex offenders register and abide by the term of a sexual harm prevention order for five years.
Snowball pleaded guilty to attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child
The judge told him: ‘Believing you were talking to a 14-year-old child, you went on, over a day or two, to engage in sexual conversations with that profile, sending and soliciting sexual pictures.
‘In fact you were dealing with someone who had set up a fake profile in order to identify those engaging in sexual communication with underage profiles.
‘That person and others turned up at your home and detained you there until the police arrived.’
Judge Moreland said Snowball is someone who has ‘potential for the future’ and that community based punishment is the most constructive in his case.
Paul Caulfield, defending, said Snowball has a supportive family, a good job and no previous convictions.
Mr Caulfield said there was ‘public humiliation’ when Snowball was confronted on his doorstep and added: ‘He has got a good future.
‘He can’t explain why he did what he did. He didn’t realise what he did was an offence.’
Mr Caulfield said Snowball has ‘everything imaginable going for him’ but added: ‘His long standing ambition was to be a police officer.
‘That has obviously gone now. He will never be able to be employed in that situation.’