An Abergele man who used a fake Facebook profile to attract a teenage girl has been jailed for 22 months.
25 year-old Kyle Pritchard admitted engaging in sexual online chat with a 15 year-old – he had claimed to be a 17 year-old from Manchester known as ‘John Jones’. Indecent images of a 16 year-old girl were found on his mobile phone when he was arrested.
Mold Crown Court heard Pritchard had sent the girl a friend request soon after her 15th birthday. Over a three month period, their conversations became explicit – with the defendant asking her if she was a virgin and what she was wearing, while repeatedly telling her she was beautiful.
At one point, Pritchard sent the girl a picture of his penis before she could reply whether she wanted to see. The victim told him she would send pictures of herself but had no intention to do so. She also remained adamant that the pair would not meet despite Pritchard asking three or four times and telling her what they would do.
Police were tipped off by the girl’s mother after she saw their messages and arrested Pritchard, who initially denied creating the fake profile and using Facebook to contact underage girls.
In a victim impact statement read to court, the girl said she was scared to go out on her own in case she met Pritchard – he had known a lot about her but she did not know what he looked like.
As a result of what happened, she felt embarrassed that she trusted a stranger who had ‘made her feel good’ and started going out less. She had also privatised her Facebook account and spoke only to friends and family.
The court heard Pritchard had also filmed a 16 year-old girl performing a sex act on him – she had been persuaded to send over indecent images of herself to his phone.
The defence said Pritchard had been bullied at school and suffered ADHD and severe learning difficulties. His limited social interaction had led him to pretend to be someone he was not.
Sentencing Pritchard, Judge Rhys Rowlands said it was clear Pritchard had no ”real remorse” for his actions and did not appreciate how wrong his behaviour was. He had indicated he wanted sexual activity of a most serious kind if he met up with the girl, who had the common sense not to send any images of herself when asked.
Judge Rowlands added: ”Teenage girls had quite enough to deal with, without the likes of you creating false Facebook profiles and trawling the internet for your own sexual gratification.”
Pritchard must also sign the sex offenders’ register and observe a sexual harm prevention order for ten years.
Source: Daily Post