February 2015

Mum used spyware to catch Northampton man who was grooming her 13 year old daughter on Facebook

A Northampton man who persuaded a schoolgirl to send him naked photographs of herself after talking on Facebook has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Sean Fallon, aged 21, was caught after the 13-year-old’s mother became suspicious and installed spy monitoring software which could access her daughter’s Facebook page.

Lincoln Crown Court heard Fallon was living in Northampton, 50 miles from the girl’s home in Lincolnshire, when they began talking to each other over the internet in the spring of 2013.

Michael Cranmer-Brown, prosecuting, said the girl’s mother discovered she had been having inappropriate contact with somebody calling themselves Sean “cheeky” Fallon when she installed the spy monitoring software in June 2013.

Mr Cranmer-Brown said: “It was plain the activity involved sexualised conversations and the sending of photographs.”

Fallon asked about the girl’s breasts and tried to persuade her to send him photographs despite the fact she was “reluctant and refused on a number of occasions,” Mr Cranmer-Brown added.

The girl eventually sent Fallon three photographs after he sent her a naked picture of himself, the court heard. Fallon also persuaded the girl to perform a sexual act on herself.

Robert Underwood, mitigating, told the court Fallon was an “immature” 19-year-old at the time of the offences and had not been in trouble before.

Mr Underwood said: “He was unemployed and often sat alone and isolated.

“He has come to court terrified of losing his liberty.”

Fallon, of Stockmead Road, Priors Meadow, Northampton, admitted two charges of intentionally inciting a child in to sexual activity and to take pornographic pictures.

He was sentenced to two years imprisonment suspended for two years and placed under the supervision of a probation officer for two years. He was also made the subject of Sexual Offences Prevention Order, which will last for five years and must register as a sex offender.

Passing sentence Recorder Nicholas Syfret QC told Fallon: “I don’t want you in any doubt about the seriousness of what you have done. You have shown a lack of understanding on the impact of your behaviour.”

The Recorder added: “Thirteen-year-olds have to be protected from everybody, and have to be protected from 19-year-olds.”