July 2018

Coalville man who repeatedly ‘preyed on’ underage girls jailed for latest offence

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A man who has repeatedly “preyed on” underage girls has been locked up for 14 years after his latest offence.

Daniel Farmer’s most recent victim was a vulnerable 15-year-old girl with the developmental age of a 13-year-old.

He befriended her on Facebook and the next day persuaded her to meet him and sex with him in a park.

The 14-year jail sentence handed down to him at Leicester Crown Court on Thursday includes a requirement that he is not considered for parole until he has served two thirds of it – nearly 10 years.

Judge Nicholas Dean told him: “You have an entrenched history of sexual offences against underage girls.

“You have failed to be restrained by sentences or orders of the court and have, for the third time, preyed on a young girl.

“Vulnerable, underage girls are very likely to suffer serious psychological harm from your activity with them.”

Farmer (28), of Stretton Drive in Coalville was locked up in 2007 for having sexual activity with an underage girl when he was 17. Then, in January 2014, he was jailed for four years after being caught again.

Prosecutor Victoria Rose said Farmer had been trying to befriend other girls when he came across his latest victim on May 7.

She said: “He had been liking various people on Facebook who were all young females.

“The other females blocked him but she responded to Mr Farmer.”

Farmer told the girl he wanted to give her “a big cuddle and kiss” and that she would “look amazing naked”.

In one message he wrote: “It doesn’t matter if you’re 15. You can still be rude.”

Farmer urged the girl to meet him the next day. After a row with her parents, who refused to let her meet Farmer, she sneaked out of the house and met him in a nearby park and had sex with him.

The girl’s frantic parents searched for her, later contacting Farmer through Facebook to get her to return home.

The following morning, on May 9, Farmer sent the girl two naked pictures of himself. The girl’s school called the police the same day.

Officers went to Farmer’s home, where he lived with his parents, and his father answered the door and told them his son had just jumped out of the back window.

They rushed to the garden where they found him hidden in the conservatory, crying.

He later pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child, grooming, sending explicit messages to a child and breaching a previous court order.

February 2014

Missing 14-year-old girl was found with ‘sexual predator’ she met on Facebook

A 14-year-old girl who went missing from home for three days was found with a man she had met on Facebook.

The girl had sex with Daniel Alan Farmer (24) while spending a weekend with him, in May last year.

Farmer, of The Green, Coalville, pleaded guilty at Leicester Crown Court to two counts of sexual activity with a child under 16.

Judge Simon Hammond jailed him for four years.

“Her parents reported her missing and they must have been beside themselves with anxiety,” Judge Hammond said.

“The girl was in contact with the defendant on Facebook.

“They were in regular communication and arranged to meet. There was an element of grooming.”

Judge Hammond said of Farmer: “He’s a sexual predator and used her for sexual gratification.

“The courts have a duty to protect young and impressionable girls. It wasn’t her fault, it was his fault because he was the adult.”

Victoria Rose, prosecuting, said the girl went missing on Friday, May 17, and police began a search for her.

Officers found and stopped the pair on Sunday, May 19, in Newton Road, Heather.

Both had love bite marks on their necks.

The victim, who was described as vulnerable, with learning difficulties, told the police she had spent the weekend at the flat, where the defendant was then living. They had sex twice.

Farmer, who was 23 at the time, claimed the girl had falsely told him after they met that she would be 16 the following month.

Judge Hammond said: “The prosecution says he knew what year she was in at school and he must have known her age.”

The girl initially claimed she was coerced into sexual activity but later admitted she willingly took part.

The court heard Farmer had a previous conviction, in 2007, for two similar offences of sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl, when he was 17 or 18.

The girl told the police Farmer had made threats to her, but the claim was found to be untrue when investigated.

The girl was given a police caution.

Paul Tubb, mitigating, said Farmer was lonely and began communicating with other people via social media.

He initially thought the girl was 16 or 17.

Mr Tubb said: “He wasn’t deliberately targeting a young person, he wanted someone to talk to.

“He’s since moved back to his parents’ home. He’s received abuse from people online.”