March 2004

Internet sex attacker is jailed

A man who molested a teenage girl after meeting her via an internet chatroom has been jailed for four years.

Paul Jones “targeted and groomed” the 14-year-old, asking how old she was and if she was a virgin, Swindon Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Simon Morgan told the court, Jones, 21, had arranged to meet the girl in September last year.

He picked her up in Swindon and drove her to Savernake Forest where the assaults took place.

Mr Morgan said the girl’s friends had been concerned and she had been in mobile phone contact with them.

But Jones had made her put the phone in a side-pocket in the car.

After the attack he drove her back to Swindon at speed and dropped her off.

The girl later became upset and went to her doctor who contacted the authorities.

Police searched Jones’s home in Burbage Road, Swindon and examined his computer.

Extended sentence

Detectives said they found messages from Jones to the girl using his label “The Swindoner”.

Jones admitted a charge of abducting a child and two of indecent assault.

Further charges of rape and false imprisonment were dropped.

Sentencing him, Judge Thomas Longbotham said: “You were five or six years older, she could not consent.”

Jones was given four years’ imprisonment with an extended sentence on licence of two years.

He was ordered to be placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life, was banned from working with children and a restraint order was put in place banning him from access to any internet chatroom.