A Facebook predator was caught by two different paedophile hunters after he searched out under-age girls on social media.
Aaron Turner-Hobbs made contact with four different girls aged 13 or 14 who were all fake profiles set up by internet paedophile hunters
He asked the girls to send him explicit selfies and sent one a video clip of himself masturbating, concluding with the message ‘that’s where babies come from’.
He carried on the contact even though all of the girls told him their ages and some said they could not reply because they were at school.
Turner-Hobbs, aged 22, of Pinhoe Road, Exeter, admitted attempting to incite a child to sexual activity, attempting to make a child watch a sexual act, and three counts of attempted sexual communication with a child.
He was sent on a sex offenders treatment course as part of a three year community order by Judge Timothy Rose at Exeter Crown Court.
He was put on the sex offenders register for five years and made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for the same period of time. The order bans contact with children and enables the police to monitor his internet activity.
The judge told him: ”You did not know these were not real girls. You were busy masturbating yourself in front of what you thought were schoolgirls who were well below the age of consent.
“It is made worse by the fact that you spread yourself far and wide. It was not just one person but four separate individuals. You dedicated yourself to looking out for anyone even though they told you they were 13 or 14.”
Mr Joss Ticehurst, prosecuting, said Turner-Hobbs made contact with dummy Facebook profiles set up in the first three months of 2018.
Two of the profiles had been created by a group called Shadow Hunters UK and the other two by another online paedophile hunter.
He sent a stream of sexual messages, asked for images and sent images and in one case a video of his penis.
He was caught when he arranged to meet a 21-year-old woman through Facebook but was confronted by the paedophile hunters, who called the police