December 2016

Paedophile must wear ankle tag ‘for life’ after messaging girls as young as 12

A “sexual predator” was told he may need to wear an ankle tag for life after sending seedy messages to girls as young as 12.

Philip Kevin Graham was locked up for two years at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday after repeatedly flouting a court order banning him from contacting children.

Judge Steven Everett made the rare order, meaning the 52-year-old must be electronically monitored so police can keep tabs on his location, after stating: “I’m quite satisfied you are a real danger to the public.”

Graham, of no fixed abode but from Garston, had pleaded guilty to five breaches of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) originally imposed for sexually assaulting a young girl in 2011.

The sex predator, who has three other convictions for indecent assault, was rumbled after messaging one 12-year-old victim on Facebook, on May 21 last year, to say: “Hi, will you go out on a date with me, how old are you?”

But the sex offender immediately incurred the rage of the girl’s mother who branded him a “pervert.”

Geoffrey Lowe, prosecuting, told the court: “(The victim) had never seen him before and had never sent a friend request to him, and had no idea who he was. Straight away, being a responsible child, she contacted her mother. Her mother took a screen shot and told her daughter to leave matters to her.

“She quite robustly took control of the girl’s Facebook page and used quite graphic terms towards the person on the other end. She told him she was her mother and the child was 12 and they would be taking matters further. She said ‘looking at your Facebook page there are a lot of other girls on there you pervert.”

Mr Lowe said police investigating the incident found Graham at his mother’s address, where he claimed he “did not even have facebook.”

He told officers he had his phone stolen and that someone else must have used his details – but phone records showed he had taken a call from his doctor after the message was sent.

However even while he was being investigated for those offences Graham made a second Facebook page, made out to look as though he was 16, and contacted four other girls aged 13, 14 and 15.

The messages included questions such as “would you like to be my friend?” and “how old are you?”

When he was questioned over the incidents he claimed he would never have met up with the girls and said: “I’m just lonely.”

Judge Everett said: “I have no doubt that if you were able to persuade one of these girls to meet you, you would have met them. Your behaviour in the past makes it quite clear that you would have done so.”

Graham was told he could apply to have the SHPO, imposed indefinitely, amended or lifted in the future.

But Judge Everett said: “The only reason would be if they can be satisfied you are no longer a risk to young girl’s in my judgement that is highly unlikely.”