A man is due in court today after an operation by so-called paedophile hunters in Colburn.
Anthony Lee Nendick, 35, of Manor Grove, Colburn, is due to attend York Magistrates’ Court this morning.
He has been charged with attempting to engage in sexual activity with an child and attempting to cause/incite a girl aged 13-15 to engage in sexual activity – no penetration.
He was arrested at 3.45pm on Sunday after information was passed to police by a paedophile hunter group.
North Yorkshire Police said it would act appropriately on any information which is brought to its attention.
However a spokesperson added: “Our position on so-called paedophile hunter groups reflects the position of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, in that we understand the desire to protect children but any member of the public who has information about child sexual abuse, online or otherwise, should get in contact with the police so we can investigate and bring people to justice.
“So-called paedophile hunters are taking risks they do not understand and which can undermine police investigations.
Most importantly, unlike our officers, they have no way of safeguarding child victims.
“In this specific case, it is important to remember that the man has a right to a fair trial.
“Legal proceedings are now active under the Contempt of Court Act, and we strongly urge people – especially online – not to act in a way which could compromise the course of justice.”