A PAEDOPHILE from Walsall travelled more than 190 miles in the hope of having sex with a child.
Sean Killian, 46, of Birch Lane, Pelsall, sent intimate pictures on WhatsApp, requested school uniform snaps and told the 13-year-old he would “treat her like a princess”.
He arranged to meet her at a hotel in Gateshead but had no idea that in fact he was talking to paedophile hunters Dark Justice.
Newcastle Crown Court heard Killian was already being watched after being snared in a similar way by undercover police.
Jailing him for two years, Judge Amanda Rippon said: “You travelled to meet her. You booked a hotel room in Gateshead, which was 192 miles from where you lived.
“You travelled that distance in order to meet a girl.
“You had booked a room with a double bed and communicated that to her. You told her you would bring underwear for her to wear.
“When you arrived at the hotel, the police were waiting for you and you were arrested.
“I am entirely satisfied your intention was to meet a child and have sexual activity with that child. You believed you were chatting to a child, you did not know you were not.”
The court heard Killian had befriended the fake profile just months after he was spared jail in Wolverhampton last April for having sex chat with what he thought was another child, but turned out to be an undercover police officer.
He was being supervised in the community but the court heard he was “saying the right things but doing the exact opposite”.
During online conversations with the fake 13-year-old’s profile, Killian then turned the conversation highly sexual, asked for photographs of her in school uniform and sent her 12 pictures and videos of his private parts.
In December last year, Killian booked a hotel in Gateshead for himself and the child to stay in, then travelled to meet her.
As reported by the Chronicle Live, prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw told the court: “He travelled 192 miles from Walsall to Gateshead to meet the girl.
“On his arrival, the police had been made aware of this and the defendant was arrested.”
Killian admitted breaching a sexual harm prevention order, which was imposed as a result of the police sting, attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity, attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act and attempting to meet a child.
As well as the two year prison sentence, he must also sign the sex offender register for ten years.
Stuart Graham, defending, said Killian appreciates that he “needs help” and is remorseful for his behaviour.
Mr Graham added: “He has lost contact with his children, lost friends, lost most of his family, lost a good job. His future is particularly bleak.”