Man arrested in Cork after sting operation by group targeting child sex predators

Man arrested in Cork after sting operation by group targeting child sex predators
Image from the Child Protection Awareness Facebook group of a man arrested in Bishopstown. The group called gardaí after they confronted the man accusing him of attempting to make contact with an underage girl.

A MAN is being questioned this afternoon following a sting operation by a group which targets potential child sex predators.

The man was confronted by a member of Child Protection Awareness, a group styling itself as paedophile hunters, in Bishopstown early this afternoon. 

A member of the group accused the man of making contact online with an underage girl, with the intention of meeting her for a sexual encounter.

The group, working with a similar organisation in the UK, claimed to have set up a fake online profile of a 14-year-old girl. They engaged in a number of online conversations with the man, some of which the group claims were of a sexually-explicit nature.

After confronting the man demanding an explanation, gardai were called to the scene and the man was arrested.

A garda spokesman confirmed that a man was being questioned this afternoon under sexual offences legislation.

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