New Zealand man allegedly used Grindr to ask someone to abduct an underage boy with him for sex
A man in New Zealand has appeared in court accused of using Grindr to ask another person to abduct an underage boy with him for sex.
Michael John Kight, 24, appeared in a district court last week on several charges including inciting a person to abduct young males for sex, according to the New Zealand Herald.
Allegedly included in conversations about the potential abduction were graphic descriptions of incest, bestiality, and sexual violation, according to charging documents.
Kight, from Hastings on the east coast of the country’s North Island, has also been charged with possessing sexual images of children and with possessing short stories graphically detailing sexual abuse against children.
He additionally stands accused of sending naked photos and sexual messages to someone he believed was under 16, but who was not actually a real person.
The charges, which also involve distributing child porn to three email accounts, date back to December.
Kight faces several charges of using Grindr or other messaging systems to incite another person to accompany him to abduct a boy under 16, with intent to carry out a sexual encounter.
He was remanded without plea to April 7th.
Last year, police in New Zealand investigated a case in which a man said he was robbed by an assailant he met on Grindr.
In November, 18-year-old Ben Bamford was found guilty of murdering Paul Jefferies, 52, a senior HMRC official who had reportedly advised ex-chancellor George Osborne’s Treasury team, after the pair met on Grindr.
Also in November, Stefano Brizzi, from south London, admitted killing and dismembering PC Gordon Semple after arranging a meet-up on Grindr.
Later that same month, the so-called ‘Grindr serial killer’ Stephen Port was sentenced to a whole life term for the murders of four men.