Dramatic moment man, 38, who travelled 100 miles to ‘meet a 13-year-old girl’ makes a desperate escape bid after he is snared by paedophile hunters
- John Boughton, pictured, travelled 100 miles from Leeds to Newcastle last year
- He thought he was going to meet a 13-year-old girl and engage in sexual activity
- Instead, he was exposed as a paedophile by internet activist group Dark Justice
- Boughton, 38, was jailed for 16 months by Leeds Crown Court after a guilty plea
This is the moment a man who thought he was meeting a 13-year-old girl he’d sexually groomed was instead snared by paedophile hunters.
John Boughton, 38, travelled 100 miles from his home in Leeds to Newcastle in the middle of the night after undercover organisation Dark Justice posed as the teen online and told him her parents had gone away.
When he arrived in the Elswick area of the city at around 2am on October 28 Boughton was greeted by members of the group who confronted him and phoned the police.
John Boughton, 38, pictured, travelled from Leeds to Newcastle to meet what he thought was a 13-year-old girl for sex when he had been in contact with a gang of anti-paedophile activists
Leeds Crown Court heard Boughton headed to the north east when he thought the fictitious 13-year-old girl’s parents were away from home allowing him to engage in sexual activity
Once he realised officers were on their way to arrest him Boughton was caught on camera making a run for it and managed to reach his car a few streets away.
But the police caught up with him a short while later while he was still in Newcastle and he has now been jailed after pleading guilty to attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.
At Leeds Crown Court last week Broughton, of Red Hall Chase in the city, was jailed for 16 months and handed a ten-year sexual harm prevention order.
Dark Justice are an undercover organisation who pose as children online and arrange to meet men who are seeking to engage in sexual activity with underage girls and boys.
Their activities have led to 42 convictions and so far seen 21 men jailed. A member said: ‘This man is dangerous and we are glad he has been locked up, but we think he should have been given a longer sentence.
‘It was clear that he had every intention of engaging in sexual activity with a child.
‘As soon as we told him the girl’s parents had gone away he drove straight up to Newcastle from Leeds.
‘He’d obviously researched the area as he’d left his car a few streets away.
‘It was quite eerie when we met him as it was so early in the morning and the streets were completely deserted.
‘At one point we thought he might have had a knife as he put his hand in his pocket.
‘We gave chase when he ran away but didn’t manage to catch up with him. He didn’t get far before he was stopped by the police.
Boughton, pictured, ran away and tried to escape when he was confronted and realised police were on their way to arrest him. He was later jailed for 15 months by Leeds Crown Court
‘In our view the fact he ran away demonstrates how cowardly he is, and we think he should have been given a longer sentence because of it.’
Broughton was caught on camera being confronted by Dark Justice who told
him: ‘You knew she was 13.
‘I can tell you at this point in time we are from an organisation called Dark Justice.
‘There will be no hostilities or violence towards yourself.
‘You are going to be questioned by the police.
‘You are here to meet a 13-year-old girl, sir.’
Broughton looks over his shoulder before making a run for it but is soon arrested by officers.