June 2016

Redcar man sent text to underage girl asking her to make indecent video with him

A man sent a text to an underage girl asking her to make an indecent video with him, a court was told.

The shocked 15-year-old showed the mobile message to her mum who went around to tackle Mark Dowson, 37, at his home in Redcar .

Dowson was drunkenly trying to send another text, and the mum snatched his phone off him and she handed it to the police.

Prosecutor Paul Abrahams told Teesside Crown Court that Dowson had sent two texts and made a number of calls to the girl that day.

He said in the first message on May 14: “Keep it between us.

“Delete all messages and get here ASAP.

“Can’t wait to see your face when you see what I’ve got for you, kiss”.

Then in a second message he told the girl he had a car to go for a ride in and asked her to make the video adding they would “make it a night to remember”.

Mr Abrahams said that the girl was clearly upset by the messages.

She went to her mum, who then went to Dowson’s home. He was drunk and she confronted him, snatching his phone.

Mr Abrahams said that the Crown regarded it as grooming behaviour. There was an application for a Sexual Harm Prevention Order banning Dowson from contact with girls under 16.

He had previous convictions for 28 offences since the 90s, but none involving sex.

Graham Silvester, defending, said that there were several references for Dowson, including from his brother.

However Judge Shaun Morris said he wanted to ensure the teenager did not have to face Dowson again saying: “I’m more concerned that this young girl does not have to face him again, and I want cast iron guarantees.“

Dowson had been in custody since his arrest, and he was brought from Holme House Prison, Stockton, to be sentenced.

The judge adjourned sentence but warned that he had not ruled out immediate custody.

Dowson, of Kielder Close, Redcar, was remanded in custody for sentencing at a later date after he admitted causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.