September 2017

Pervert sent messages to 12-year-old girl called ‘Demi’ on Facebook

AN ARMED Forces veteran who thought he was enticing a 12-year-old girl to perform sexual acts over the internet was actually being duped by a fellow online pervert, a court heard.

Douglas Grey, 59, chatted to someone he thought was a girl called ‘Demi’ on Facebook in September 2015, but the account actually belonged to another man.

Prosecutor Abigail Langford told Bradford Crown Court that Grey was caught after police executed a warrant at the address of the other man on April 8 last year after tracking several social media accounts in his name.

One lengthy Facebook conversation, in which the man posed as a 12-year old, was with Grey, and he was arrested at his home address in Grantham Road, Bradford, the following day.

Miss Langford said Grey sent pictures of his genitals to the account as part of “several pages” of messages.

He was said to have asked ‘Demi’ whether she liked older men, and whether she was wearing any underwear.

Grey also asked who he thought was the girl to send intimate pictures of herself and suggested she go outside to expose herself to strangers.

Miss Langford described the conversation as “very sexual, very graphic in nature”.

She added: “This wasn’t a trap. It just so happened that police found the conversations with this defendant.”

When police arrested Grey, they also found a memory stick in his home containing 13 images of child pornography, some featuring children as young as seven.

The defendant initially told officers his Facebook account had been hacked, but later accepted he had committed the offences.

He had pleaded guilty to attempting to incite a girl under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity at an earlier hearing.

Jailing him for eight months, suspended for two years, Judge Durham Hall told Grey he must complete a rehabilitation requirement of up to 90 days.

He said: “You are motivated to try and identify and address this problem. If there is any backsliding or failure on this order, you will end up back in front of me.”

Grey was also made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for five years, and must register as a sex offender for the next ten years.