Police arrest vigilante who vowed to end child abuse networks
A self-confessed pedophile hunter has been arrested by police after he vowed to take down an elite pedophilia ring. Rich Warner of Adelaide, Australia has become infamous on social media for his vigilante work in chasing down child abusers.
The 42-year-old father was arrested by SA Police on serious charges after posting warnings on YouTube that he “wouldn’t rest” until he had “destroyed the elite pedophile rings” and threatened to begin “doxing” high-level child sex offenders.
Mr. Warner was using fake profiles on social media to pose as children and lure in pedophiles. After arranging to meet with them, he would make a citizens arrest and call the police, while filming his busts and uploaded them online.
But now it seems as though Warner’s rogue detective work has attracted some dangerous attention, with the hunter now becoming the hunted.
Yahoo reports: Police have charged him with aggravated assault and publishing the identity of a person charged with a sex offense.
Speaking to 7 News last week, he denied being a pedophile vigilante. “I was interested to see how many were out there and how many would respond, and I was shocked,” he said. The 42-year-old father was unrepentant when he posted a message to YouTube on Thursday. “We will do everything we can to bust them in the future and are hopeful that the police will change their attitudes to our actions,” he stated.
Warner posted a warning message to YouTube that was later removed by the site Police say one person lured online by Warner has been charged with sex offenses.