Child groomer gets three years in jail

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH - STU­ART GREER

APA E D O P H I L E who used so­cial me­dia to groom a girl for sex has been jailed.

James Philip Rowe, 30, met the un­der­age teenager through a friend and ‘al­most im­me­di­ately’ be­gan groom­ing her on­line, the court heard.

Over a two week pe­riod, he sent sex­u­ally ex­plicit im­ages of him­self and urged her to do the same, pros­e­cu­tor Mark Con­nor said.

He ‘per­sis­tently’ de­manded she meet him for sex, sent ‘ex­tremely ex­plicit mes­sages’ and even claimed ‘he wanted her to have his baby’, the court heard.

The vic­tim even­tu­ally told her mum and po­lice.

Rowe, of Bel­grave Road, Mac­cles­field, ini­tially told po­lice his ac­count had been hacked, but later ad­mit­ted four child sex of­fences in­clud- ing: two charges of caus­ing or in­cit­ing a child to en­gage in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity; meet­ing a child fol­low­ing sex­ual groom­ing; and ar­range or fa­cil­i­tate to com­mit a sex of­fence against a child.

But War­ring­ton Crown Court also heard that Rowe was a con­victed sex of­fender who in 2013 had ad­mit­ted en­cour­ag­ing sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with a child af­ter he was caught writ­ing let­ters to an un­der­age girl while in prison for theft of­fences.

Jail­ing Rowe for three years, Judge Ni­cholas Wood­ward said: “De­spite know­ing she was un­der 16, and at one point be­liev­ing she may be 14, you in­sti­gated con­tacted on so­cial me­dia.

“That al­most im­me­di­ately be­came bla­tantly sex­ual.

“You tried to meet her but she was re­luc­tant. You per­sisted and pur­sued her, send­ing pic­tures of your­self and ask- ing her to send sex­u­ally ex­plicit im­ages of her­self to you. You then made it clear you wanted sex.”

Rowe was also given a Sex­ual Harm Preven­tion Or­der, re­strict­ing his con­tact with chil­dren for 10 years.

An­drew Hig­gin­son, de­fend­ing Rowe, said: “He clearly had a prob­lem with his at­ti­tude and sex­ual in­ter­est with girls who were 15 years old. This is his se­cond of­fence.

“In re­cent months, since be­com­ing a father and hav­ing a stronger re­la­tion­ship with his girl­friend, his out­look on life and his be­hav­iour has changed.”

Com­ment­ing on the sen­tence, DC Tim Berry, from Cheshire Po­lice’s Pub­lic Pro­tec­tion Unit said: “This sen­tence makes clear that the courts, the CPS and Cheshire Po­lice treat of­fences of this na­ture with the se­ri­ous­ness they de­serve.”

●● James Rowe was jailed for three years

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