Moment man, 18, tells vigilantes he didnt know sex with girl, 14, was illegal

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This is the moment a group of 'paedophile hunters' confronted a young man who thought he was meeting a 14-year-old girl for sex.

Luke Porter, 18, had been sending messages to a girl he thought was called "Megan" and agreed to meet her at Darlington railway station in Co Durham in January 25.

When he arrived he was met by members of Newcastle Hunters, a vigilante group, who set up "Megan" as their decoy and reported him to the police.

In the exchange before the police arrived, the hunters filmed Porter's reaction.

One man asks: "So tell me again, what are you here for?"

Porter, who has a face mask pulled down to his neck, replies: "I'm here for sex, with a 14-year-old for sex."

"Why?" the man continues: "Why can't you get somebody 18? 17? You know what you are doing is wrong."

Porter then told him: "I actually don't know that was illegal, all I knew it was just frowned upon."

Durham Police arrived the scene and arrested Porter, who was previously of good character, and he was remanded in custody until his sentencing last month.

He later pleaded guilty to attempting to communicate with a child to engage in sexual activity, reported Teesside Live.

Paul Abrahams, prosecuting, told Teesside Crown Court on April 21: "It's fair to say that the conversation turned to sexual matters relatively quickly.

"There was then conversation arranging a meet at Darlington railway station.

"The defendant did indeed travel to the station to meet 'Megan' where he was then accosted by the group who were waiting for him there and identified him from a photograph he had sent."

Porter was sentenced to nine months in a young offenders' institute, suspended for two years and subject to a 10-year sexual harm prevention order.

He has also been ordered to attend 25 rehabilitation requirement days.

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