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Hunting Paedophiles: Teaching assistant suspect ‘faked’ fainting to escape charges, viewers claim

Steven Johnson was arrested outside a KFC

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Undercover Police: Hunting Paedophiles viewers claimed that a teaching assistant accused of grooming a 14-year-old boy faked fainting at a police station in order to escape charges.

The hard-hitting Channel 4 documentary series has shown the horrifying extent to which paedophiles use the internet to prey on their victims.

However, they were shocked when one of the accused was revealed to be a teaching assistant.

A teaching assistant was arrested on Hunting Paedophiles
Johnson was arrested outside a KFC (Credit: Channel 4)

What happened on Hunting Paedophiles last night?

In the last of the series, members of the Bedfordshire Police task force created a fake teenage online identity in a bid to lure paedophiles.

Straight away, viewers saw members of the force arrest teaching assistant Steven Johnson at a branch of KFC, where he had arranged to meet ‘Oli’.

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Johnson had sent explicit messages to the fake identity online, even though ‘Oli’ had told him he had to be discreet ‘because of his age’.

Upon arrest, Johnson became distressed and said: “I can’t do this.”

Things got worse at the station, where he became emotional and fainted.

Johnson fainted at the police station
Johnson fainted at the police station (Credit: Channel 4)

Is Steven Johnson now in prison?

After being revived by officers, he was taken in for questioning.

Through his tears, Johnson initially maintained that he thought he was meeting an 18-year-old.

However, when confronted with evidence that he knew Oli’s real age, he said: “Maybe… I don’t know.”

In the end, Johnson pleaded guilty to arranging a child sex offence and attempted sexual communication with a child.

At the end of the episode, it was revealed Johnson had been sentenced to two-and-half years in prison.

How did viewers react?

After his histrionics at the police station, viewers accused Johnson of fake-fainting in order to escape charges.

“Are we meant to believe this man is fainting for real?” asked one viewer on Twitter.

Another wrote: “Steven the teaching assistant nonce with the worst fake collapse going, he definitely doesn’t work at a drama school.”

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A third angrily wrote: “You hate yourself? I hate you too.

“You knew what you were doing.

“Next stage, if I had my way, you would be meeting an untimely end. No discussions. Stop the fake crying. Children are the victims, not you.”

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