November 2018

Apprentice teaching assistant sent 14-year-old girl picture of his manhood

A teenager who was on an apprenticeship as a teaching assistant sent a photograph of his penis to a girl aged 14.

Ryan Davies had lost his career and was now a student mechanic and working in a chip shop, a court was told today.

Davies, 19, of Borras Road in Wrexham, was at the time of the offence an apprentice teaching assistant at a primary school in the Wrexham area.

But the girl revealed to a family member that during a social network conversation it had become sexualised and he had sent her a photograph of his erect manhood.

He admitted that in November of last year, for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification, he intentionally caused a child to look at an image of himself engaging in a sexual activity.

He was placed on a two year community order with 60 days rehabilitation.

He was ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for five years.

But magistrates agreed with defending solicitor Andy Halliday that a sexual harm prevention order was not necessary or proportional.

Prosecutor Justin Espie said that the defendant at the time last November was an apprentice teaching assistant.

He had seen the girl, had allegedly been staring at her, and later sent her a Facebook friend request.

She ignored it initially, knowing Davies had a girlfriend.

He then sent her a message, she responded and during an on-line conversation she asked if he was a teacher and he said he was.

They moved to Snapchat and the girl said she thought he was just being nice.

But during a conversation on one day he introduced sexual matters, said he was no longer with his girlfriend, asked if she had “ever done things with lads” and sent her the photograph.

He also asked her if she thought it was big.

She had not encouraged him in any way and deleted him as a friend.

Davies blocked her but not before telling her not to say what he had done or he would lose his job.

Police were told after the girl told a member of his family what had happened and the picture, which had been deleted, was retrieved by officers together with the chat log.

Mr Espie suggested that it was the deliberate targeting of someone he knew was a child for his own sexual gratification.

Davies had put himself in a role where he would have access to children and he said that a SHPO was necessary.

He accepted that Davies had no previous convictions.

Mr Halliday said that his client was a young man who had made a big mistake which would affect the rest of his life potentially.

The sexualised conversation took place a year ago, it was a one-off over a 24 hour period, and nothing had happened since.

He would be subjected to the police sex register requirements and the probation service would work closely with him and he argued that the SHPO was not proportionate.

Davies would never work with children again, was now studying car mechanics and was working part time in a chip shop at a minimum wage.

He said the complainant herself had stressed that it happened during one conversation on one day only.

Mr Halliday said that the defendant could not explain why he had done it.

A report suggested that it was down to issues of self-worth and confidence.

He was only 18 at the time, was immature and she was 14.

The defendant was a young man who had obviously done something very wrong and it was quite clear that he would not be able to work with children again.

“There is no prospect of that again,” he said.

In a victim impact statement the girl said that she felt scared and feared she would get into trouble.

It had really affected her, she had stopped going out and described the experience as the worst thing she had ever been through.

Magistrates said that he had abused a position of trust and said that there were elements of grooming.

However he was a man of good character who had entered an early guilty plea and he had co-operated with the police and the probation service.

His conviction would exclude a number of career options for the rest of his life potentially, they said.