News: Ex-BGT contestant caught out by paedophile hunters when he tried to meet ‘underage girl’ for sex

News: Ex-BGT contestant caught out by paedophile hunters when he tried to meet ‘underage girl’ for sex

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A singer who featured on Britain’s Got Talent tried to meet an underage girl for sexual activity but was trapped by paedophile hunters when he turned up.

Former professional wrestler and entertainer George Jackson, 71, suggested making contact with an online profile purporting to be a 15-year-old girl called Jessie.

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Jackson – known as The Outlaw when he was a wrestler – suggested a meeting with Jessie for “non penetrative sexual activity”, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

But the pensioner – who hoped to wow judges with his singing on Britain’s Got Talent in 2015 – had fallen into a trap set by paedophile hunters Dark Justice.

Jackson, who claimed he was the victim of the group, admitted attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and was given a community order, ChronicleLive reports.

At the sentencing hearing, his barrister asked if the sexual harm prevention order he was given could be relaxed to allow him to entertain children, but that was rejected.

The court heard Jackson had posed as a man 20 years younger than his actual age when communicating with the decoy profile at the beginning of January.

George Jackson leaving Newcastle Crown Court
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Alive to the possibility the profile may not be genuine, he asked whether Jessie could be trusted and was told by the decoy: “I’m not a grass, I hate the pigs”.

  ‘Defendant knew he could be arrested’

Michael Bunch, prosecuting, said: “The defendant identified he was at risk of being arrested.

“He suggested they could meet up for non-penetrative sexual activity and as a consequence an arrangement was made to meet the following day.

“Members of Dark Justice travelled to the defendant’s home area of Washington, having arranged a meeting near a local shop.”

When he turned up, he was challenged by Dark Justice and police arrived to arrest him.

Mr Bunch said: “He accepted he had been involved in a conversation but suggested he was as much a victim of them as they were a victim of him, suggesting he was directed towards the responses he had given and therefore denied any culpability in that regard.”

Defence barrister John Wilkinson asked if Jackson’s Sexual Harm Prevention Order could be relaxed to allow him to entertain children.

Mr Wilkinson said: “He describes himself as an entertainer, in fact he is a singer.

“He has been very keen to let me see a number of hand bills, indicating the sort of matters he would like to do, if at all possible.

“One of those would involve his attendance at children’s parties, singing at children’s parties.”

Mr Wilkinson said parents would be present at such parties, meaning Jackson would not be with them unsupervised.

Judge Robert Adams sentenced Jackson, of Ashgill, Albany, Washington, to a community order for two years with mental health treatment and rehabilitation requirements.

Court order barred Jackson from children’s parties

The judge said Jackson must sign the sex offenders register and abide by the Sexual Harm Prevention Order for five years.

Judge Adams made it a condition of the order that he has no contact with children without the permission of parents, who are aware of his conviction, and of social services.

The order means Jackson cannot perform at children’s parties.

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Judge Adams said: “I would be failing in my public duty if I did not include that. It seems that is precisely the sort of circumstances the court ought to include in the order.”

The judge said the condition was necessary for the “protection of the public”.

Mr Wilkinson said Jackson’s mental health problems, which include bipolar disorder, “had some influence” on his offending behaviour and he had been sectioned but hopes to be released from hospital soon.



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