Would-be policeman with a fetish for ‘lads in white socks’ is caught trying to groom 14-year-old boy by ‘Paedophile Hunter’ Stinson Hunter
- Kristian Alexander Kirk admitted trying to meet a fictional boy, 14, for sex
- He was caught after sending series of sexual text messages to filmmaker
- Stinson Hunter – known as ‘The Paedophile Hunter’ – posed as youngster
- Kirk, who admitted having a fetish for ‘lads in white socks’, could face jail
Kristian Alexander Kirk, 25, (pictured) has admitted attempting to meet a fictional 14-year-old boy for sex
A wannabe police officer with a fetish for ‘lads in white socks’ was caught trying to groom a 14-year-old boy following a sting by the self-styled ‘Paedophile Hunter’.
Kristian Alexander Kirk, 25, admitted attempting to meet a fictional 14-year-old boy for sex.
He sent a series of sexual text messages to filmmaker Stinson Hunter – known as ‘The Paedophile Hunter’.
Kirk, who studied policing and criminal investigation at the University of Central Lancashire’s Burnley and Preston campuses, could now face jail.
He pleaded guilty to attempting to arrange or facilitate the commission of a child sex offence at Burnley Crown Court yesterday.
The messages, sent between August 1 and August 25 last year, included requests from Kirk for Mr Hunter, posing as a 14-year-old, to send him intimate pictures.
Judge Jonathan Gibson told the court that ‘all sentencing options remain available’ to him.
In the texts Kirk also attempted to arrange to meet Mr Hunter in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, before describing a number of lewd acts and a fetish for ‘lads in white socks’.
Mr Hunter stated that he was 14 at the start of the conversation on the mobile dating application Grindr, before Kirk requested his phone number and asked if he had other multimedia applications including Skype and WhatsApp.
When Kirk asked Mr Hunter if he had ever done anything ‘dirty’, Mr Hunter replied: ‘I’ve never done anything like that with anyone tbh [to be honest] x.’
Kirk, of Orchard Drive, Oswaldtwistle, then wrote: ‘Well you’re only 14 lol xxx.’
Kirk went on to explain that he had just finished his policing studies at university and hoped to join a force ‘when they start recruiting’.
When discussing where the two could potentially meet, Kirk said: ‘Bit awkward ain’t it being seen with you being 14 lol x,’ and later described Mr Hunter as ‘sexy boy’.
Mr Hunter was previously involved in the conviction of Accrington schoolteacher David Simpson, who believed he was meeting a 15-year-old girl for sex.
He rose to fame after his self-financed vigilante documentary, The Paedophile Hunter, was screened in 2014.
It won the 33-year-old and its director, Dan Reed, the Best Single Documentary category at the Royal Television Programme Awards.
He has more than 570,000 Facebook followers and earlier this year scooped two BAFTAs.
He reported Kirk to Lancashire Police on August 27 last year. Kirk was initially charged with one count of attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming, but that count was deleted yesterday.
The indictment to which Kirk pleaded guilty to read: ‘You initiated attempts to arrange and facilitate the doing of acts you believed Stinson Hunter would do, believing Stinson Hunter was a 14-year-old boy, which, had the said Stinson Hunter been a 14-year-old boy, would have involved the commission of offences of sexual activity with a child contrary to the Sex Offences Act 2003.’
Kirk (pictured left) sent sexual text messages to filmmaker Stinson Hunter – known as ‘The Paedophile Hunter’ (right). They included requests for Mr Hunter, posing as a 14-year-old, to send intimate pictures
Kirk, who has no previous convictions and has not been accused of ever actually meeting an under-age person for sex, was supported by his family in the public gallery.
Daniel Prowse, defending, said the online and text conversations were the only evidence in the case.
Applying to change his client’s bail conditions, Mr Prowse said: ‘The defendant is 25 years old and of previous good character.
‘He is employed in a Spar shop and needs to begin at 6.30am on Sunday, currently the only day he works, but might wish to begin at 6am during the week.’
Judge Gibson allowed bail to be altered, meaning Kirk must stay at his given address between the hours of 11pm and 5am.
Kirk is now due to be sentenced, pending a pre-sentence report, at the same court on June 26.
THE SELF-STYLED PAEDOPHILE HUNTERS WITH CONTROVERSIAL METHODS
The vigilantes in Stinson’s group usually pose as boys or girls in their early teens. Once they are sent explicit messages and videos by the men, the team lure them to a house to meet up.
There, they are filmed with handheld cameras and mobile phones and told to explain themselves. The messages and footage are handed to police.
So far, Hunter has filmed confrontations with dozens of men including soldiers, teachers and solicitors and seen his evidence help in 10 convictions, and appeared in Paedophile Hunter, a one-hour film on Channel 4 about his methods.
Mr Hunter (pictured) rose to fame after his self-financed vigilante documentary, The Paedophile Hunter, was screened in 2014. He has more than 570,000 Facebook followers and earlier this year scooped two BAFTAs
Hunter’s methods have been both praised and criticised. Stinson’s methods came under fire last year after one man who he confronted, 45-year-old Michael Parkes, took his own life.
The 45-year-old hanged himself last year after being questioned by police after he was confronted by Stinson Hunter, and footage of the encounter was uploaded to the internet.
Northamptonshire Police later said they would have sought to charge Mr Parkes in connection with the incident, in which he arranged to meet someone he thought was a 12-year-old girl.
Mr Parkes’ partner, who was also interviewed for the Channel 4 documentary, said she ‘may agree’ with the vigilante going online to gather evidence, but said publishing the videos was ‘what probably tipped him over the edge’.
Stinson Hunter had insisted on keeping his face secret for fear of reprisals, but went public after appearing in a documentary, saying he had ‘always wanted to be on Channel 4’.
His links with police have also been called into question.
Although police insist Parsons has been repeatedly asked to stop his undercover activity as it could put both ‘parties in danger’, he has claimed in the past that he has been ‘encouraged and coached’ by officers.
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