A former Britain’s Got Talent hopeful who was snared by paedophile hunters trying to meet an underage girl says he still wants to sing at childrens’ parties.
George Jackson, 71, had arranged to meet a girl who he believed was 15 for ‘non penetrative sexual activity’, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
The entertainer and former professional wrestler – who went by the name The Outlaw – was caught by paedophile hunter group Dark Justice after making contact with an online profile.
Pensioner Jackson had attempted to wow judges with his singing on Britain’s Got Talent in 2015, Chronicle Live reports.
Jackson, who claimed he was the victim of the group, admitted attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and was given a community order.
At the sentencing hearing, his barrister asked if the sexual harm prevention order he was given could be relaxed to allow him to entertain children, but that was rejected.
The court heard Jackson had posed as a man twenty years younger than his actual age when communicating with the decoy profile at the beginning of January.
Alive to the possibility the profile may not be genuine, he asked whether Jessie could be trusted and was told by the decoy: “I’m not a grass, I hate the pigs”.
Michael Bunch, prosecuting, said: “The defendant identified he was at risk of being arrested because of her age.
“He suggested they could meet up for non penetrative sexual activity and as a consequence an arrangement was made to meet the following day.
“Members of Dark Justice travelled to the defendant’s home area, he having arranged a meeting near a local shop.”
When he turned up, he was challenged by Dark Justice and police arrived to arrest him.
Mr Bunch said: “He accepted he had been involved in a conversation but suggested he was as much a victim of them as they were a victim of him, suggesting he was directed towards the responses he had given and therefore denied any culpability in that regard.”
Defence barrister John Wilkinson asked if Jackson’s sexual harm prevention order could be relaxed to allow him to entertain children.
Mr Wilkinson said: “He describes himself as an entertainer, in fact, he is a singer.
“He has been very keen to let me see a number of hand bills, indicating the sort of matters he would like to do, if at all possible.
“One of those would involve his attendance at children’s parties, singing at children’s parties.”
Mr Wilkinson said parents would be present at such parties, meaning Jackson would not be with them unsupervised.
Judge Robert Adams sentenced Jackson to a community order for two years with mental health treatment and rehabilitation requirements.
The judge said Jackson must sign the sex offenders’ register and abide by the sexual harm prevention oder for five years.
Judge Adams made it a condition of the order that he has no contact with children without the permission of parents, who are aware of his conviction, and of social services.
The order means Jackson cannot perform at children’s parties.
Judge Adams said: “I would be failing in my public duty if I did not include that. It seems that is precisely the sort of circumstances the court ought to include in the order.”
The judge said the condition was necessary for the “protection of the public”.
Mr Wilkinson said Jackson’s mental health problems, which include bipolar disorder, “had some influence” on his offending behaviour and he had been sectioned but hopes to be released from hospital soon.