A 31-year-old man who was banned from using Facebook under the terms of a sexual offences prevention order has been jailed for four months after he sent messages to a teenage girl using the social networking site.
Back in October 2004 Luke Greenwood, then aged 22, was jailed for child porn offences involving indecent images of girls and in January 2012 magistrates in Wakefield imposed a 10-year sexual offences prevention order (SOPO) which included a ban on him accessing social networking sites.
But on three days between June and August 2013 Greenwood sent 10 messages on Facebook to a 14-year-old girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons.
Bradford Crown Court heard that the complainant was unaware of Greenwood’s previous background when she received the messages and the discovery had left her suffering panic attacks and anxiety.
Greenwood, who lives at Lord Street, Sowerby Bridge, had already breached the SOPO on two previous occasions and Judge Robert Bartfield described his contact with the girl as “a blatant breach of the spirit and terms of the order”.
The court heard that Greenwood had previously breached the SOPO by using Facebook to promote his wedding photography business and Judge Bartfield said another breach, involving the use of someone else’s name, had been “a devious attempt to get round the provisions”.
The messages sent to the teenager included complimentary remarks about her appearance and although Judge Bartfield accepted that the contact fell short of “grooming” he said it indicated an inappropriate interest in the complainant.