Watch as McDonald’s worker is unmasked as a paedophile – during his shift
Kristopher Cook had asked a 14-year-old ‘decoy’ girl if he could ‘help’ take her virginity
A #MCDonalds worker was exposed as a paedophile on Facebook during his shift. Kristoffer Cook had asked a 14-year-old ‘girl’ if he could “help” take her virginity.
The 25-year-old also pestered a young boy on #Instagram,The boy was real, and the girl was a decoy from self proclaimed paedophile ‘hunter’ group #GeordieChasers.
But he was spared prison after #Newcastle Crown Court heard vulnerable Cook had “signiﬁcant learning diﬃculties”. He was also been subjected to “summary justice” from vigilantes since pleading guilty, including attacks on his family.
However the group – which hadn’t known about the offence involving the real victim – slammed the decision to spare previously unconvicted Cook jail.
“I ﬁnd it shocking that, after the real child came out, he still walked away with a suspended sentence,” said the group.
“What kind of message does that send to other sexual predators? What kind of deterrent is it to others?”
Monday’s sentencing heard Cook sent messages to the boy, including requests regarding his genitals.
But the boy asked to unfollow him before a family member took screenshots and went to the police.
#SouthShields’ Cook also spoke to a girl named ‘Amelia Rose’ on a dating site, despite being repeatedly told she was 14.
“The defendant messages and asked if he could kiss her and if he could remove her bra,” said prosecutor
Emma Dowling. He then asked the decoy about having sex, with the Crown adding: “He suggested he would help her lose her virginity”.
The decoy account belonged to ‘Geordie Chasers’ who confronted him outside the #GraingerStreet McDonald’s where he had worked for seven years.
Facebook Live footage shows uniform clad Cook apologising when confronted mid-shift. The court heard he no longer works there. In mitigation, Barrister Laurie Scott said a pre-sentence psychiatric report revealed the St Cuthbert’s Avenue defendant had a troubled childhood and a very low IQ.
Both the crown and the defence agreed Cook’s offences of attempting to engage a child in sexual activity, passed the custody threshold. However, Recorder Gibney said Cook’s guilty pleas, lack of previous convictions and the mitigation including his “signiﬁcant naivety” – allowed him to suspend custody.
His 12 month jail stint was suspended for two years. Cook was also handed a decade-long Sexual Harm Prevention Order. the Chronicle contacted McDonald’s and a spokesperson said they would not comment
on individual cases.