Undercover police snared a “predatory” man by setting up a fake online profile and pretending to be a schoolgirl.
Daniel Morley was on dating and social networking website Badoo when he made contact with a ‘girl’ called Yasmin.
Despite being told she was only 14, Morley, who has “engaged in service for his country in a reserve capacity”, went on to ask for naked pictures and suggested a meeting.
Prosecutors said the 26-year-old had “demonstrated predatory behaviour towards someone he thought was a child”.
Police went to his place of work to arrest him and Morley, who has mental health difficulties, admitted attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.
Judge Tim Gittins, at Newcastle Crown Court, told him: “What you did was extremely serious.
“The fact is the police and others are actively engaged in putting out profiles pretending to be young people to ensnare those that would engage with young