June 2013

Ex-model who tried to groom girls jailed

A former male model who tried to groom teenage girls for sex has been jailed.

Pervert Paul Jones first made headlines last March, after the mother of a young victim turned detective to track him down.

Concerned by “rude” texts Jones sent to her daughter after they met on Facebook, the mum responded to him posing as a 14-year-old girl.

She arranged to meet him at a park – but tipped off police, who turned up instead and arrested him.

On that occasion, he avoided a jail sentence after admitting inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and attempting to meet a child following grooming.

But Jones, said to have worked as a part-time model, was hauled back to court after checks of his computer revealed he had asked girls as young as 13 for sex.

Birmingham Crown Court heard he also pestered his victims for naked pictures, quizzed them about their sexual history and told a 13-year-old she would be “the youngest one yet”.

Jones also duped one girl into sending him an image after making what a judge called “false and wicked” promises about securing her modelling work.

The 22-year-old, of Longfield Road, Northfield, admitted one charge of possessing indecent images and seven of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

He was jailed for 20 months and ordered to register as a sex offender for ten years.

Judge James Burbidge QC told him: “The internet is undoubtedly a service of significant good for all but you sought to use it in a pernicious and sinister manner.

“You had conversations with a number of young females asking them for photos of them naked.”

Tom Walkling, prosecuting, said checks of Jones’s computer revealed six indecent images of children, which had been sent to him by one of his victims.

Dean Kershaw, defending, said Jones had been confused about his sexuality.

March 2012

Mum foiled Birmingham man’s attempt to groom child through Facebook

A PERVERT from Birmingham who tried to groom a girl through Facebook was arrested when her mum turned detective.

Aspiring football coach Paul Jones went to a park thinking he was going to meet a 14-year-old – only to find police at the rendezvous instead.

The 21-year-old, of Bickington Road, Bartley Green, avoided a jail sentence after admitting inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and attempting to meet a child following grooming.

Judge James Burbidge QC instead handed him a three-year community order and praised the actions of the girl’s mother.

He told Jones: “The public, quite rightly, shows great concern about the abuse of social networking sites when men, and women for that matter, utilise the pages of Facebook to try to contact young girls and boys in the hope of having sexual intercourse with them.

“I am satisfied that was your intent.”

Jones was also ordered to perform 150 hours’ unpaid work, pay £800 costs and was put on the sex offenders register for five years.

Madhu Rai, prosecuting, told Birmingham Crown Court that the girl’s mum swung into action after Jones sent her daughter a series of “rude” texts having contacted her on Facebook.

The schoolgirl had made it clear that she was just 14 and so her mother contacted Jones, posing as a friend of her daughter of the same age.

Miss Rai said Jones sent the mum texts of a sexual nature over a five-day period and asked her to meet him on several occasions.

She agreed to meet Jones at a park on August 16 but alerted police instead.

Dean Kershaw, defending, said no child had been touched.

He said Jones had a good job involving graphic design and that he wanted to be an FA football coach but as a result of his conduct this was unlikely to happen.