April 2016

Pervert from Liverpool to stay in jail over having sex with 13-year-old while she wore her school uniform

Francis Carroll

A ‘dangerous’ pervert from Liverpool who groomed a 13-year-old online and made her dress up in her school uniform while he abused her has failed in his bid for an early release.

Francis John Carroll, 28, of Summer Street, Vauxhall, first made contact with the teenager over the internet.

Her profile said she was 15 but she informed him immediately that she was just 13, Mr Justice Nicol told London’s Appeal Court.

Carroll’s profile said he was 16, although he claimed to have told the girl he was 20. He was in fact 24 at the time.

They first met in a park in Port Sunlight where he got her to pleasure him behind some bushes, the court was told.

Explicit messages and images were exchanged, including indecent photos of the girl in her school uniform.

They met again for sex and Carroll filmed the girl on several occasions.

Once he asked her to ‘say she was naughty because she was only aged 13’, said the judge.

He asked her to bring her school uniform with her for another meet-up, and threatened her if she didn’t.

Carroll then filmed the teenager in her uniform in ‘explicit poses’.

A probation officer’s report said Carroll, of previous good character, ‘recognised he was the adult and should have known better’.

He posted a ‘high risk of serious harm to children’, the report concluded.

Carroll was caged for six years at Liverpool Crown Court on October 10 2013.

He admitted seven counts of sexual activity with a child and nine of making indecent images of a child.

After being condemned as a public danger, he was also ordered to serve an extra two years on licence following his release.

The judge who jailed him said ‘internet grooming progressed to physical abuse’ and the videos and photos of the girl gave Carroll ‘sexual gratification’.

Saleema Mahmood, for Carroll, today accepted that he was ‘dangerous’ and rightly received an extended sentence.

However, she argued the judge had made a mistake and that Carroll shoud be eligible for release after serving just 44 months behind bars.

Bur Mr Justice Nicol, who was sitting with Lord Justice Simon and Judge Eleri Rees, said there was no “reasonable doubt” about what the judge had meant.

Carroll would have to serve two-thirds of his six-year jail term before becoming eligible for release on licence, the appeal judge ruled.

September 2013

“Tell me I’m naughty” – Liverpool man jailed for having sex with schoolgirl

A Liverpool man had sex with a 13-year-old girl after grooming her on a social networking website.

Francis Carroll, 25, took explicit photos and video of the young girl and asked her to wear her school uniform.

On one occasion he told her to say “he was naughty” as he filmed them having sex because she was only 13.

Carroll, of Summer Seat, Vauxhall, was today jailed for six years at Liverpool Crown Court as a judge branded him “depraved” and “dangerous”. 

Judge Robert Warnock said Carroll – who had never before been in trouble with the police – posed a danger of physical harm “particularly to children”.

The judge said: “The age difference between you is some 10 years and 10 months.

“The abuse was considerable. It started with what I will call internet grooming then physical abuse took place.”

He added: “I have no doubt whatsoever that she will be, and remain for some time, a damaged young individual.”

Martine Snowden, prosecuting, told how Carroll and the girl met on Tagged, a website that describes itself as “the social network site for meeting new people” in April 2012.

He posed as a 16-year-old and she claimed to be 15. The pair exchanged messages and she quickly disclosed her real age.

Carroll however said he was 20 and persuaded the pair to meet. 

They met up in a park in Port Sunlight in May last year where he asked the girl to perform a sex act on him. There was a second meeting in the same park in June where they had sex in the bushes.  

Mrs Snowdon said: ”He told her to say he was ‘naughty’ as she was only 13.” 

Their third meeting was at her home where Carroll filmed them having sex on his mobile phone.

In further messages Carroll demanded she meet him and wear her school uniform. She refused at first but consented when he threatened to hurt her sexually. 

The court heard how alarm bells were raised by the deputy head at the girl’s school and Carroll was arrested. 

When it was put to him by police that he knew the girl’s real age, Carroll insisted he didn’t believe her “because of the way she behaved”.

John Weate, defending, said Carroll had lived an “unblemished life” until now and was remorseful.

He said: “The defendant for reasons best known to himself at that very early stage should have backed out. He didn’t. 

“He understands with hindsight that this was the biggest mistake he has ever made.

“It has ruined his life.”

Carroll was ordered him to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life and handed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order. He must tell police if plans to stay away from home for two nights or more.

Carroll admitted seven counts of sexual activity with a child and nine of making indecent images.