A father's plan to capture paedophiles has backfired leaving him fighting criminal charges by South Australian police - but the community is showing their support.
Rich Warner, a victim of child sexual abuse himself, waged a private campaign targeting child predators where he set up a fake online profile posing as a boy.
The 42-year-old was able to perform two citizen arrests on paedophiles before police arrested him and charged him with aggravated assault, two counts of using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence and one count of publishing the identity of a person charged with sexual offence on Friday.
Warner would not comment on the specifics of the arrest but he did tell Daily Mail Australia there was a need for it to be done.
'It was a disgusting experience talking to these people, it's not a nice thing,' he said.
A GoFundMe page was set up for Warner by the community to raise money for the court fees where they have raised almost half of the $5,000 goal in two days.
'All of what has happened has been done by friends in community,' Warner said.
'I'm overwhelmed with community support and want to say a huge thank you for starting up the support page, for helping contribute to legal costs.'
Raising $2,395 in two days, the paedophile hunter said he thinks there will be a 'fairly big crowd of supporters' at court on February 14.
'My message to other parents is to be very vigilant, be aware of the magnitude of the problem - it's bigger than people think,' Warner told Daily Mail Australia.
Warner said he went online with his fake profile for ten minutes and received a number of messages from people who wanted to meet him, with one paedophile wanting to meet him straight away.
'The public would be completely shocked if they had any idea, completely shocked,' he said.
'If I can talk to five or six and easily bust two by going online quickly twice, I could do five or six every day.
'How easy it is and how little is being done, the community is completely behind me.'
The self-proclaimed 'paedophile hunter' led South Australian police to two child sex predators posted videos of the two 'stings' on paedophiles who had agreed to meet with him after he put up a profile pretending to be a teenage boy.
The 42-year-old vigilante did not conceal the identity of the men he targeted in the videos, according to The Advertiser.
South Australian law bans the publication of the identity of people charged with a sexual offence until they plead guilty or are committed to stand trial.
During the first sting, Warner grabbed a paedophile's shirt as he performed a citizen's arrest.
Following the first sting operation the father-of-one said he wanted police to conduct their own investigations and said he did not 'mete out my own type of punishment'.
Warner said he embarked on his campaign because of the abuse he suffered as a youngster and wanted to expose child sex offenders.
However, police said the videos were of concern because of the 'risk these may further create to all parties involved.'
The officer in charge of the Sturt CIB, Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Overmeyer, said those who took the law into their own hands could 'expose themselves to facing criminal charges'.
'Let us do our job,' Detective Chief Superintendent Overmeyer said.
'Don't take the law into your own hands in relation to any criminal matter. If you have information, or suspect that a criminal act has taken place - contact the police.
'Anyone who believes they have evidence of criminal behaviour should call police, not create a confrontation which, in turn, could create a risk to personal safety.'
Warner, from Adelaide's western suburbs, has been granted bail and will face Adelaide Magistrates Court.
Vigilante 'paedophile hunter' defends luring suspected child molesters to fake meetings - despite being arrested for 'taking the law into his own hands' Emily Pidgeon For Daily Mail Australia 26 December 2017
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