May 2017

Pervert jailed after grooming 13 year-old girl

A PERVERT from Rugby who persuaded a 13 year-old girl to send him pictures of herself performing sex acts and tried to get her to meet him for sex has been jailed.

Benjamin Washbrooke pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to attempting to meet the girl following grooming, causing her to engage in sexual activity and causing her to watch a sexual image.

The 39 year-old, of Biart Place, who the court heard suffers from debilitating Torsion Dystonia, was jailed for 28 months and ordered to register as a sex offender for ten years.

Glyn Samuel, prosecuting, explained it came to light because of a conversation overheard by a teacher who heard two girls talking about sexual matters.

The conversation last year was between the 13 year-old girl and a friend of hers, who Mr Samuel said also appeared in some of the images sent to Washbrooke

The teacher spoke to the girls, as a result of which the police were contacted.

The girl indicated some time around the beginning of May she received a Facebook request from Washbrooket to become friends – and within a short period of time the conversation clearly became sexual in nature.

Washbrooke persuaded the girl to send intimate pictures of herself and to perform sex acts on herself and to send him pictures of her doing so.

Washbrooke continued to request pictures and repeatedly asked her to meet and have sex with him.

Washbrooke also sent her a movie clip of himself performing a sex act.

When he was arrested Washbrooke, who had no previous convictions, accepted that ‘ages ago’ he had sent a Facebook request to the girl, who he admitted he knew was only 13.

After adjourning to consider the case, Recorder Michael Burrows QC said there had to be an immediate sentence.

He told Washbrooke: “I have to follow the guidelines.

“This was an attempt, but you did all you could to effect a meeting. This was determined, and was sustained over a few weeks.”

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