A paedophile who arranged to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex has been jailed after being foiled by a group of vigilantes.
Rugby player Richard Ganyata met who he thought was a 14-year-old girl for a weekend of sex at Saracens Amateur RFC in Hendon, north London.
The 33-year-old, who claimed to be 23 in the video, had told the girl to pretend she was just his little sister’s friend and planned to lie with her on the sofa at the rugby club, where he says he has been living.
But in fact, he had been talking to the controversial ‘Internet Interceptors’ – a vigilante group of paedpphile hunters – the entire time and was exposed on camera.
A woman filming the scene on a phone is seen approaching Zimbabwean Ganyata while he waited for the fake girl he had arranged to meet.
Construction worker Ganyata, who arrived in the UK three years ago but is of no fixed abode, does not deny that he has three Facebook accounts and more than 500 friends, the majority of whom are young girls and women.
The woman filming tells Ganyata that he is going to be arrested after he admitted grooming the girl on a “random dating site”.
Ganyata, who was dressed in a red football top covered in black stains in the video, apparently told the girl he was in love with her and was lost for words when he was confronted by the vigilantes.
Presented with claims he made in online conversations with the girl that he was going to touch her intimately and massage her with lotions, Ganyata stumbled and was silent.
The woman said: “You’re here to meet a 14-year-girl aren’t you, Richard?
“No one is going to hurt you, okay. You were here to meet a 14-year-old girl.
He replied: “I wasn’t really sure about it.”
The lady added: “You weren’t sure about it? You wanted to have sex with her didn’t you.”
He said: “When she was telling me, I wasn’t really to sure.
The anonymous vigilante added: “You had prepared food for her today and for her to pretend that she was your 14-year-old friend.
“And that she was going to stay at the rugby club with you, lay on the sofa with you and have sex with you until Monday when she had to go home to her mum.
“That’s actually what you said.”
Ganyata then admitted he was wrong.
“I’ve done something that I was not supposed to do.
“It was one of those internet dating sites, just a random dating site.
“I wasn’t thinking straight. I realised the other day that I should not be speaking to her.”
The woman added: “You told her yesterday that you wanted to have sex with her.”
Later he blamed a series of mental health issues for his behaviour and claims he was homeless.
But at Wood Green Crown Court on Monday morning, Ganyata was jailed for 18 months and will spend ten years on the sex offenders’ register after being convicted of attempting to meet a girl under 16 following grooming.
Saracens Amateur RFC have been approached for a comment.
A spokesperson for the professional side declined to comment, as it is “not a matter for them to comment on.”