March 2015

Nuneaton man jailed for explicit & sexual Facebook chats with schoolgirl

A NUNEATON man engaged in sexual conversations over the internet with a girl he knew was only 15, and asked her to send him naked pictures of herself.

Yet despite pleading guilty, Benjamin Hughes did not believe he had done anything wrong and claimed to a probation officer that the authorities had over-reacted.

But a judge at Warwick Crown Court disagreed – and jailed Hughes, who had pleaded guilty to inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, for eight months.

Hughes, aged 37, of Bracebridge Street, Nuneaton, was ordered to register as a sex offender for ten years and made subject to a sexual offences prevention order restricting his use of the internet for ten years and banned from working with children.

Prosecutor John Brotherton said that on Boxing Day last year Hughes and the 15-year-old girl became ‘friends’ on Facebook and exchanged a series of messages between then and January 6.

Their online conversations, in which it was clear that Hughes, who knew her parents, was aware of her age, began with chats about innocent things such as musical tastes. Mr Brotherton said: “But the conversations progressed and he began to talk about sexual experiences

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