A 23-YEAR-OLD man “groomed” a girl on Facebook – sending her lewd messages and a photograph in a bid to get her to meet up for sex.
Matthew Draycott, of Meadow View Road, Newhall, admitted inciting a girl under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity. He was jailed for two years.
Draycott asked the 12-year-old to meet up on a number of occasions for sex, including in a park and at a bus stop – she agreed but never turned up, Derby Crown Court was told.
After a few days she told her dad – he informed police and Draycott was arrested.
Judge Andrew Hamilton told him: “You sought to procure a young girl for your own sexual pleasure – you trawled through a large number of people on Facebook and you came across her. You knew she was under age, you knew you should not have contact with her but you persisted.”
He said that when the girl told her father she was clearly “distressed and upset”. The judge said Draycott had “effectively groomed” his victim.
He said: “This court has to send out a message to people like you who trawl round young girls to get meetings with them to satisfy their own lusts. People like you go to prison.”
Prosecutor Sonal Ahya said Draycott sent a friend’s request in May on Facebook – she accepted, believing him to be a relative of a contact.
“She said she was 14, nearly 15, and he asked her whether she liked older men. She said she did, and subsequently they swapped mobile phone numbers, at his request,” said Miss Ahya.
The prosecutor said the conversations became more sexual and on “more than one occasion” he made arrangements to meet her. “Fortunately none of the meetings took place,” said Miss Ahya. “The defendant made it clear they were to meet for sexual intercourse.”
He suggested her sister could also be involved and sent a lewd photograph of himself, said Miss Ahya.
Draycott also asked the girl to send pictures of herself but she never did. He was arrested on June 10 and initially denied knowing the girl.
But when their conversations were put to him, he said he had been bored and had added her as a friend. He admitted that if he had met with her he would have had sexual intercourse, said Miss Ahya.
William Bennett, defending, said Draycott believed the girl was nearly 15 and was “very remorseful”. Draycott must sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years as well as obey a sexual offences prevention order, which among other things bans him from being alone with any girl under the age of 16.