Man jailed for child groom­ing

Halifax Courier - - Reports From The Courts - By Courier Reporter

A Tod­mor­den man who at­tempted to groom and sex­u­ally ex­ploit chil­dren on so­cial me­dia has been jailed. Ryan How­ley, of Top O’The Close Road, Tod­mor­den, was sen­tenced to three years be­hind bars and made to sign the sex of­fend­ers reg­is­ter af­ter plead­ing guilty to the charges at Manch­ester Min­shull Street Crown Court. The 21-year-old also re­ceived an in­def­i­nite sex­ual of­fences preven­tion or­der.

Be­tween Novem­ber 2014 and April 2015, How­ley con­tacted chil­dren aged be­tween 12 and 13 in the Rochdale and Tod­mor­den ar­eas us­ing mes­sag­ing on so­cial me­dia.

He was aware of the chil­dren’s age and sent them nu­mer­ous sex­ual mes­sages.

How­ley inivted them to go shop­ping with him, or for a drive, and in one mes­sage asked a 12-year-old girl to send an in­de­cent im­age of her­self to him but she re­fused. He con­tin­ued to con­tact the vic­tims even when they asked him to stop.

How­ley also fol­lowed chil­dren down the street in his car and ap­proached a 12-year-old girl ask­ing her to have sex with him.

The chil­dren told their par­ents and po­lice were alerted. How­ley was ar­rested in June last year by the Rochdale Sun­rise Team.

Det Sgt Ju­lianna Barker said: “How­ley knew the girls were un­der­age yet he con­tin­ued to pur­sue them.

“I would like to com­mend them for do­ing the right thing telling their par­ents.

“Thanks to their brav­ery in sup­port­ing our in­ves­ti­ga­tion, we have built a suc­cess­ful pros­e­cu­tion which has re­sulted in How­ley be­ing jailed.”

Ryan How­ley

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