Child groomer gets three years in jail
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