Tuesday 20 August 2019

'These individuals will not get away from me' - man who carried out sting operations on alleged predators in Ireland

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Ian Begley

Ian Begley

The man who carried out sting operations on two alleged predators in Ireland last night believes he is the “judge, jury and executioner” of those that prey on children.

The man, known as James, runs a so-called vigilante group that carry out sting operations on people who groom children online.

Each operation is filmed and shared live on social media.

Speaking on the Claire Byrne show tonight, the man who ran last night’s confrontations, described the workings of his UK-based group.

“We’re all unpaid and do this off our own backs,” he said. 

“We lie dormant online and wait for the said individuals to make contact with someone they believe to be of age.

“But within the first three messages, they’re fully informed of the real age of what they think is a child.

“They’re then reminded throughout the rest of the chat log, over and over again, that they are speaking to what they believe is a child.”

James said his team came to the Republic of Ireland to show potential predators that they cannot get away from him.

“It was only a few weeks ago that my team did the first sting in the Republic of Ireland,” he said.

“I came here to make the statement that these individuals will not get away from me or my team.

“If they come across me, I’m coming for them. I’m not saying that I’m going to stop them, but if I put a fear factor into these individuals they will think twice before they harm a child,” he said.

The anonymous sting operator said he started his group because he believes the judicial system isn’t effective.

“I do what I do because the system has not and in my belief will never work.

"People can call me a vigilante, but if I was a true vigilante, the individuals I confronted  wouldn’t have been standing.

“If I was the father of these children they wouldn’t be here,” he said.

James added that he will continue doing sting operations in Ireland.

“One person asked me “so you’re acting as the judge, jury and executioner?”’

“My simple reply was “You better believe it’”, he said.

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