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Convicted rapist, 33, contacted ’14-year-old virgin’ for sex after being freed from jail

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Convicted rapist, 33, contacted ’14-year-old virgin’ for sex after being freed from jail for attacking drunk 17-year-old girl

  • Darren Carr, 33, was jailed for a ‘horrific’ rape of a teenager in Newcastle in 2012
  • He was on licence when he contacted a ’14-year-old’ on dating site Match in July
  • But profile was being operated by paedophile hunters Guardians of the North
  • Carr, of Sunderland, admitted attempting to meet underage girl after grooming 

Darren Carr was jailed for seven-and-a-half years for raping his drunken victim after she was kicked out of a nightclub in Newcastle city centre

A convicted rapist contacted a ’14-year-old virgin’ for sex after being freed from jail for attacking a drunk 17-year-old girl.

Darren Carr was jailed for seven-and-a-half years for raping his drunken victim after she was kicked out of a nightclub in Newcastle city centre.

But while out on licence for the ‘horrific’ attack, Carr began talking to what he believed was a schoolgirl.

The 33-year-old sent a picture of his private parts to the online profile and asked for a photograph in return.

However Carr was actually talking to paedophile hunters, who snared him after he attempted a meeting with what he thought was the girl.

Carr, who is already on the sex offenders register for life, was sentenced to 32 months behind bars for his latest offence.  

Newcastle Crown Court heard Carr, who has a caution record from 2005 for having sexual activity with an underage female, was jailed after raping teenager in 2012.  

The drunk 17-year-old victim had been asked to leave a nightclub in the city and was taken advantage of by a man outside.

That man was not convicted of any offence. But Carr was then overheard to ask if he could ‘have a go on her’ before he raped her in a lane. The teenager was then raped by a third man. 

Carr was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years behind bars, with an extended licence period of four-and-a-half years for the attack.

He was out on licence when he contacted the profile of a 14-year-old girl on dating site Meet 24 in July.

But while out on licence for the ‘horrific’ attack, Carr began talking to what he believed was a virgin schoolgirl

Carr, who was living in a Pennywell bail hostel in Sunderland, sent a picture of his private parts and asked the teen to send sexual images back.

Prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw told the court Carr had said during the online exchanges he ‘didn’t want to be labelled a paedo’ and discussed having sex with the girl.

Mr Wardlaw said: ‘The communication clearly indicates penetrative sexual activity was intended on the part of the defendant.’

The court heard the 14-year-old’s profile was a decoy account, set up by Guardians of the North, an undercover group whose members pose as children online in a bid to snare adults looking for illegal contact.

Carr was arrested after being confronted by the group and pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.

Judge Stephen Earl has now sentenced Carr  to 32 months behind bars with a lifelong sexual harm prevention order.

Judge Earl said Carr’s previous conviction for rape was ‘horrific’ and said:

‘He intended, quite clearly, penetrative sex.’

Prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw told the court Carr had said during the online exchanges he ‘didn’t want to be labelled a paedo’ and discussed having sex with the girl

The court heard the 14-year-old’s profile was a decoy account, set up by Guardians of the North, an undercover group whose members pose as children online in a bid to snare adults looking for illegal contact

Carr was arrested after being confronted by the group and pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming

The judge added: ‘The risk the defendant posts is very clear to me, not only in relation to this case but his record and conduct.

‘He is a very serious risk to children.’

David Comb, defending, said Carr had been out of prison for ‘not very long at all’ when he made contact with the decoy profile. 

Mr Comb added: ‘Back in the community he found himself isolated from his family, without any support network or protective factors in his life at all.

‘He was a pariah and the target of vigilante style abuse.’

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