August 2017

Pervert claimed sex messages to schoolgirls were just “banter”

A cocaine-snorting pervert claimed sordid messages he sent to three schoolgirls asking for sex were just “banter”.

Daniel Twigg, 21, tried to groom children aged 14 and 15 – promising to take one victim with learning difficulties on holiday

He admitted six counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, only to later suggest the conversations were not sexually motivated.

But prosecutors said texts showed he “appears to revel to a degree in his notoriety as someone sexually interested in underage girls”.

Liverpool Crown Court heard police seized two mobile phones from Twigg, of Widnes Road, Widnes , revealing his crimes when he was 20.

Ben Jones, prosecuting, said Twigg asked the first girl, aged 15, to have unprotected sex or, failing that, to give him oral sex.

She declined and there was an “element of emotional blackmail” as Twigg replied “I do things for you, even though I don’t want to”.

The girl, who has learning difficulties, was initially happy to chat, but when she made clear she wasn’t interested, he persisted.

Mr Jones said: “The Crown suggest an element of pressure was put on her to comply. There was also a promise to take her on holiday.”

Twigg requested the second girl, aged 14, get in his bed so he could undress her, and said they could have sex when she reached 16.

He earlier invited the victim and her friends out for drinks when she was just 13, only to be “warned off” by her dad.

Twigg told him he had not realised how young she was, but later continued his pursuit.

He exchanged sexual messages with his third victim, 15, while on police bail, and discussed having sex “before he goes to prison”.

The girl indicated she had sex with Twigg in his car and referred to him in texts as a “paedo” and a “s*** shag”.

Judge Anil Murray told Twigg he “tried to butter up” his first victim, who suffered from low self-esteem and was “flattered”.

He said: “She is a vulnerable victim and felt distressed by this case.”

Judge Murray said the second girl was left “embarrassed” and her parents “horrified, worried and devastated”.

He said the third victim was suffering from anxiety and depression and had started self-harming, while her family were “devastated”.

Judge Murray sentenced Twigg on the basis he did not have sexual contact with the girls.

But he said: “This wasn’t just banter without any consequences. It’s clear to me your requests for sex were determined.

“Had you been met with any level of co-operation you would have carried out the acts.

“It’s not the case there was no real harm here. What you did has caused real and lasting psychological harm.”

Jailing Twigg for two years, he added: “You say what you did was fuelled by abuse of alcohol and cocaine.

“That is no mitigation and it’s no comfort to the victims and their parents.”

The judge told Twigg to sign on the Sex Offenders Register and comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.

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