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Man caught meeting 11-year-old girl for sex while fiancee was at hen party

Crime DeskBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Mark McKenna
Mark McKenna

A 38-year-old man has been caught by vigilante group ‘The Hunted One’ trying to meet an 11-year-old girl for sex.

Mark McKenna, whose fiancée was away at a hen party at the time, was tracked down at a shopping centre in Kent having just bought condoms for the rendezvous.

Before the sting McKenna had sent a large volume of text messages and nude photos of himself to the vigilante group who were posing as a young girl.

When confronted by “The Hunted One” the man immediately admitted what he was there to do.

Two police officers arrived and arrested him.

McKenna pleaded guilty to child sex offences and now faces a lengthy prison sentence.

Judge Philip Statman said: “I want to be absolutely clear that the reason I am asking for that report is to assess the issue of dangerousness.

“The inevitable outcome of this case is that you will be sent to prison for a substantial period of time.”

The Hunted One describes itself as “a secret organisation of dedicated parents pro-actively seeking out to expose online groomers, sexual predators and paedophiles.”