A man who thought he was chatting online to young girls was caught in a sting operation by a vigilante group. He was remanded in custody by Recorder Jonathan Barnes and will be sentenced next month.
The vigilante group Plymouth Against Paedophiles ran the operation, the court was told. The charity worker tried to contact 39 girls online.
The police were called after members of the Plymouth-based group went to confront him at his home in Torquay on 27 November.