Michael Cryer – Leyland

October 2010

Saved from paedophile


A mum today told how she foiled a convicted paedophile’s sick attempt to marry her 13-year-old daughter.

Michael Cryer, 26, who has a previous conviction for sexually touching children, befriended the 
13-year-old girl on social networking site Facebook earlier this year.

Despite knowing her age, Cryer sent her sexually suggestive online messages and texts.

The illicit online relationship was discovered when the youngster went missing from home and her mother began to look through her computer accounts and diary.

She rang the police when she found computer messages and a diary entry about how Cryer asked her daughter to marry him when she turned 16.

The girl was was found safe and well with friends, not with Cryer.

But police arrested him and searched his home, computer and mobile phones.

At Preston Crown Court, Cryer, of Duttonfield Close, Farington Moss, Leyland, admitted an offence of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

He was given a two-year community order, told to sign the sex offenders’ register and was banned from unsupervised contact with children.

The 45-year-old mum, who lives in Hampshire, today spoke of her anger at the decision not to jail Cryer – despite the fact he has a previous conviction for sexually touching two other young girls in November 2008.

Cryer received a community order for that offence.

The girl’s mum said: “I expected him to go to prison and I think my daughter could move on quicker if he was not out – she thought he was going to prison too.

“I cannot understand how he is walking the streets. It has destroyed my daughter’s life.

“She had top grades at school before. Now she is in the bottom class and she is truanting.

“She does not trust anyone now. It has split the family up – she has moved in with her dad.”

The woman described her daughter as “quite naive” and said she was shocked when she found the messages he had sent the teenager on the site.

She said: “He told her he was her uncle’s second cousin. He was calling her ‘Daddy’s number one’.

“I found in her diary she was going to go up to see him in May and he was going to marry her and have children.

“She said she was in love with him and at first she blamed me because I reported him.”

The court also heard Cryer had also encouraged the girl to send a photo of herself in her underwear in exchange for one of him.

In a police interview, Cryer told officers he knew the girl’s age but claimed he had never met up with her in person.

Speaking to the Evening Post from his home, Cryer said: “I regret what I’ve done but didn’t know at the time what I was doing was wrong.

“I know it was now and I have learnt my lesson. Now I just want to get on with my life.”

When asked why he hadn’t learnt his lesson after his 2008 conviction, he said: “That was about approaching minors but this was about communicating with them. Now I know that I cannot do that either.”

He said he struggled with normal social interaction after a traffic collision when he was nine left him with impaired speech and learning difficulties.

Defending him at court, Joanne Shepherd said Cryer had used the internet as a “refuge and a means to make friends”.

Recorder Anthony Russell QC sentenced Cryer to a two-year community order with a supervision requirement and a five-year sexual offences prevention order. Cryer’s use of the internet was also restricted.

The judge said Cryer had been given credit for his early guilty plea and the fact he had already spent five-and-a-half months in custody on remand.

He added: “The friendship with this girl was inappropriate for someone your age.

“You have a previous conviction and you must learn that grooming young girls is a criminal offence which will result in punishment.”

December 2008

Fury over ‘mercy’ for pervert

The parents of two young girls who were indecently touched by a man who pretended to be 15 have hit out at a court’s decision to make him pay his victims just £50 each.

Michael Cryer, 24, from Duttonfield Close, Farington Moss, Leyland, was found guilty by South Ribble magistrates in Leyland of sexually touching two girls, aged 11 and 12.

Despite pleading not guilty and forcing his victims to give evidence at a trial, he was given a community order and told to pay compensation.

He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for five years.

Following the ordeal, the families of the two victims, both from the South Ribble area, have come forward to question the sentence and warn other parents.

The mother of one of the girls said: “The two of them had gone for a picnic by the River Lostock when they were approached by this stranger.

“He spun them a web of lies, first saying he was 15, then saying he’d lost his daughter.

“When they left, he followed them and eventually touched them both in the same incident.

“The girls told a passing dog walker who advised them to ring home. The other girl’s parents found the man and he was arrested.

“It has been a quite traumatic experience for my daughter and for us. She had to give evidence because he denied ever having seen the girls.

“I would have thought he would have got a bit of stricter sentence – we wanted something to make sure he wouldn’t do this to any other girls.

“At 11 when it happened, my daughter was a child – she still is – and we’ve tried not to make a big deal out of it. But she doesn’t have the same freedom she had before this.

“It’s bad enough that she has been touched by a complete stranger. I don’t know who he is or what he looks like and I prefer not to know.

“But other people need to be made aware of what he’s done and who he is.”

The mother of the second girl said: “It has seriously upset my daughter. She is a very naive and sweet little girl and she had just started going out past the estate.

“It was literally her first week of physical freedom and this has shook her up and caused her a lot of stress.

“In this day and age there’s very mixed punishments. I’m glad he’s now on the list because it puts him in the system and the authorities can keep an eye on him.

“My daughter was worried about giving evidence but she feels better it’s over and done with.”

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