Callum McBrearty is facing jail after his plan to seduce a 14-year-old boy on Grindr was busted
Callum McBrearty, 23, used the gay dating app to prowl for sexual thrills when he met a “curious” 14-year-old boy called Jamie in June 2016.
McBrearty made his intentions clear as he asked the boy if he wanted to meet so he could perform oral sex on him.
Within an hour the registered sex offender told the child “show me your d*** lol” and sent him an explicit image.
McBrearty – who was given a conditional discharge for making indecent photographs of children in 2013 – arranged to meet the boy at McDonald's in Eltham High Street, southeast London.
When he arrived on June 20, 2016 vigilante paedophile busters from online group The Hunted One surrounded him until the police arrived.
McBrearty used the Grindr to prowl for sexual thrills when he met a 14-year-old boy called Jamie
Southwark Crown Court heard one of their members had been posing as Jamie using a picture of a “typical teenager” on Grindr.
Prosecutor Roger Daniells-Smith said: “They detained the defendant in McDonald's, surrounded him and kept him there until police arrived.
“The group handed over all their evidence they had collated to the officers and an arrest was carried out.’”
Information on the group's website suggests they have arranged to met and catch 43 people to date, but not all of these people have been convicted and some are awaiting legal action.
Today McBrearty admitted one count of attempting to cause a child age 14 to look at an image of a person engaging in sexual activity at Southwark Crown Court.
Mr Daniells-Smith said: “This matter involves the activities of a paedophile vigilante group who are self-styled as The Hunted One' who are active on Facebook.”
The registered sex offender told the child 'show me your d*** lol' and sent him an explicit image
The prosecutor said the group consists of “concerned people who have an interest in exposing paedophiles”.
He continued: “What they do is short of entrapment in that they pose as a child on the internet in a chatroom and, giving their age and identity and supporting it with a photograph that they have taken from Youtube of a typical teenager.”
A member of the group “posed as a 14-year-old boy announcing his age and giving his name as Jamie and posed as someone who was curious about becoming gay”.
“The defendant took the bait and began an encounter online with the decoy and their conversation over a number of days was of a flirting nature,” said Mr Daniells-Smith.
McBrearty signed the Sex Offenders' Register in 2013 and was handed a two-year conditional discharge at Wood Green Crown Court after admitting 14 counts of making indecent images of children.
He was also given a two-year supervision requirement and a 16-day activity requirement dealing with his internet use.
McBrearty was arrested at a McDonalds in southeast London
The court heard after McBrearty's arrest at McDonald's he told police: ”As a 14-year-old I would have welcomed some guidance from an older gay person as to how he would conduct himself in the future.”
Judge Stephen Robbins adjourned sentencing until March 17 and said: “I think in the circumstances I will order a pre-sentence report.”
McBrearty, of Downham Way, Bromley, Kent, was released on unconditional bail until he is sentenced for one count of attempting to cause a child aged 14 to look at an image of a person engaging in sexual activity.
One count of attempting to cause a boy aged 14 to engage in sexual activity involving oral sex and one of attempting to meet a boy aged 14 for the purposes of committing a sexual offence were left to lie on file.