48-year-old Pervert asked cop’s 13 year-old daughter for sex on Facebook
A 47 year-old sex predator was caught propositioning a 13 year-old on Facebook – after messaging her in front of her mother who works as a police officer investigating sex crimes.
The school girl was horrified when Paul Bowen told her how old he was and, despite her telling him to leave her alone, then messaged: “Can we have sex?”
She had previously asked him his age to which he had replied: “Age is just a number, does it matter?”
The girl’s mother noticed her daughter had become distressed while using the internet while they made breakfast and immediately reported the messages to police who arrested Bowen after tracing him through his Facebook profile.
Birmingham Crown Court heard Bowen had a conviction for “using a public communication system to send indecent matter” in 2005.
He also had a conviction for criminal damage.
But the now 48-year-old, of Warwick Road, Tyseley, avoided jail after pleading guilty to causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
Christopher Lester, prosecuting, said Bowen sent the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, messages on May 5 last year.
“(The girl) was in the kitchen preparing breakfast with her mother, her mother is a police officer who investigates crimes of this type,” Mr Lester told the court.
“The mum noticed her child was troubled.”
It was then the teen revealed the proposition from Bowen.
He began saying: “Morning beautiful xxx.”
And then, when asked how old he was by the teenager replied: “Age is just a number, does it matter?”
When he finally revealed he was 47 the girl told him to leave her alone to which he replied: “Can we have sex?”
During a police interview Bowen said he was been drinking and would rate his level of intoxication as five out of 10,
Her Honour Judge Elizabeth Fisher said she was “just” persuaded to keep Bowen out of prison.
Handing him 18 months in prison, suspended for two years, she said: “You are a person who has had a number of problems that need to be addressed.
“In your letter to the court you address the main problem, that being alcohol, and you have taken some steps to address that.
“I am just persuaded this sentence I am about to pass can be suspended.”
Bowen was ordered to sign the Sex Offender’s register for 10 years and sign a sex offences prevention order.
He was also sentenced to complete the community sex offender group programme.
David Murray, defending, said drink had played a part in all of Bowen’s offending and that his appeal for sex had been a “throwaway line.”
He said: “There was that very out of context phrase.
“It is almost meaningless in the context of the conversation.”