August 2015

Pervert jailed after approaching schoolgirls and offering £20 for them to take off their tights

A man who approached schoolgirls in Penarth and offered them £20 if they gave him their tights has been jailed.

Luke Stanley, 25, had appeared in court last December after attempting to persuade a 13-year-old to take part in sexual behaviour and possessing indecent images of children.

Part of the sentence he received for that offence was a sexual offences prevention order which prohibited him from making contact with anyone under the age of 16.

A probation officer described Stanley, from Lowden Terrace in Barry, as posing a “high risk of committing significant offences against female children”.

Stanley admitted three counts of breaching the order, but the court heard that two other instances involving older schoolgirls had also been reported.

Cardiff Crown Court heard that Stanley approached all three girls while in his car when they were walking alone in April this year.

He approached the first on Stanwell Crescent, another on Victoria Road and a third on Laburnum Way.

The girls, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were under 16.

They all told police that Stanley, who was driving a Suzuki Swift, pulled up next to them and asked “Do you want some money?”

In the first incident, the girl declined, and he replied: “You don’t know what the job is yet.”

He then continued to drive alongside her and told her he would give her £20 if she gave him her tights.

In the second incident, which took place the following day on April 22, he approached another girl and offered her money.

In a statement to police, the girl said her confidence has been damaged by the incident and she no longer likes walking home alone and will either wait for friends or her mother.

During the third approach he swerved alongside the teenager and offered her money.

The court heard he also approached two other girls in uniform but they were not under the age of 16.

Ieuan Bennett, for Stanley, said his client lacked confidence and had low self-esteem.

“These were rather fumbling attempts on his part to make genuine social contact with young girls when he felt he couldn’t do that in a position that he couldn’t do that under normal circumstances,” said Mr Bennett.

“He has found his time in prison very difficult,” he said.

In December Stanley was given a community order after being found in possession of indecent images and inciting a girl under the age of 13 to engage in sexual behaviour.

As part of that sentence, he was prohibited from having contact with any girl under the age of 16.

Judge Tom Crowther revoked that community order and added custodial terms to the latest sentence.

For the incitement offence, he received a term of six months with a consecutive four month term for possessing indecent images.

For breaching the order, he received an 18 month term.

In total, Stanley was jailed for 28 months.