November 2017

Bristol man who tried to meet 15-year-old girl for sex 

A man trying to have a sexual encounter with a 15-year-old girl was given away – by his deep voice.

Pietro Graffagnino chatted to the youngster via social media and suggested they meet in Bristol.

But when the girl’s mum said no, Graffagnino spoke to her on the phone and the mum concluded: “He’s got a deep voice for a teenager”.

She called police and it transpired he was actually aged 26.

Graffagnino, now 29, of Midland Road in St Philip’s, was found guilty of trying to arrange a child sex offence.

Judge William Hart handed him an 18 months jail term, suspended for two years.

He told Bristol Crown Court: “I have to sentence on the basis there would have been some sexual touching because that’s the jury’s verdict.

“He’s not one of those internet predators looking to get his hands on an underage girl. I think he may be sad rather than bad.”

The judge told Graffagnino to attend a sex offender programme and carry out 120 hours’ unpaid work in the next 12 months.

Graffagnino was handed a five-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order, designed to stop him reoffending and told to register as a sex offender for ten years.

He was barred from working with children and vulnerable adults.

The jury heard when Graffagnino tried to meet the girl by a pub she said her mum refused permission, telling him “her mum’s word is law”.

Graffagnino suggested she lie to her mum, the court heard, telling the girl: “I want you so bad and I want to see you.”

 

There was then a phone call with the girl’s mum, who rumbled him by his voice, and police were called.

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