September 2017

Sex pest, 21, met up with schoolgirl after sending ‘flirty’ messages

Sex-pest Wayne Shelton breached his court order – after sending ‘flirty’ messages to a 15-year-old girl via social media.

The 21-year-old was subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) after being convicted in 2015 of an offence involving a 12-year-old girl.

But he posed as his ex-girlfriend to talk to a girl under the age of 16 as well as meeting the 15-year-old in Newcastle.

Now Shelton, of Victoria Street, Chesterton, has been locked up for nine months after admitting two counts of failing to comply with the notification requirements of the Sex Offenders’ Register and three offences of breaching his SHPO.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard police searched Shelton’s home and found a number of phones which contained messages to girls.

Prosecutor Peter McCartney said: “Police took a mobile phone which Shelton said he had bought four weeks ago because his other phone was in for repair.

“On that phone Shelton was talking to a number of females and one was under 16. Shelton said they were just friends but that was a breach of his order. Analysis showed he had been posing as his ex-girlfriend to talk to girls.

“He was speaking to a girl under 16 on a Galaxy phone and messages showed they had met up. He had been sending messages saying ‘how are you gorgeous?’ and other flirty messages.”

Judge Jinder Singh Boora said he had ‘no option’ but to jail the defendant.

He said: “You are 21 years old now and you should know better. You sent messages to the people that these orders are in place to protect.”

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