A TV sports producer who was confronted by so-called paedophile hunters in Leeds has admitted sex offences.
Kieran Creaven, who works for the Irish broadcaster RTE, flew from Ireland to Leeds intending to meet a girl of 13.
However, he had actually been in touch with a group trying to catch sex offenders and was filmed in City Square being led off by a police officer.
At Leeds Crown Court, the 55-year-old admitted attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.
He also pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a child following grooming for a sexual purpose.
The offences were said to have taken place from 1 July – when the defendant first made contact online – to 18 November when he arrived at The Queens Hotel in the city.
At a hearing in November, prosecutor Jill Seddon told Leeds Magistrates’ Court that Creaven, from Dublin, sent an explicit photograph.
He was released on bail to be sentenced on 12 February.