September 2015

Man, 46, spared jail after sending explicit image to 14-year-old girl

A 46 year old man who sent an image of his penis to a 14 year old schoolgirl has narrowly avoided jail.

Nicholas Collins sent her a series of sexualised messages on his phone.

The shocked girl answered to one saying ‘I assume this is one big joke’ and Collins said ‘yes, but I do like you’.

She told a school support worker about the photo that he sent her and he was arrested by police at Crediton, Devon.

Prosecutor Lyndsey Baker said he eventually made admissions in police interviews but ‘did not know why he had sent’ the sexually suggestive messages and they were ‘stupid actions which had ruined his life’.

Mrs Baker said he was sexually aroused when he sent the image and there had been an element of grooming and planning.

Collins, of The Old Smithy, Hittisleigh, near Spreyton, Devon, admitted causing a child aged 14 to look at an image of sexual activity for his own sexual gratification.

Exeter magistrates jailed him for 22 weeks, suspended for two years.

He was ordered to go on a Sex Offender programme, pay £165 costs and was placed on the Sex Offenders’ register for seven years.

September 2015

Crediton man sent explicit images to 14-year-old schoolgirl

A 46 year old man sent an image of his penis to a 14 year old schoolgirl.

Nicholas Collins sent her a series of sexualised messages on his phone.

The girl told a school support worker about the photo that he sent her and he was arrested by police at Crediton, Devon.

Prosecutor Lyndsey Baker said he eventually made admissions in police interviews but ‘did not know why he had sent’ the sexually suggestive messages and they were ‘stupid actions which had ruined his life’.

Mrs Baker said he was sexually aroused when he sent the image and there had been an element of grooming and planning.

Collins, of The Old Smithy, Hittisleigh, Devon, admitted causing a child aged 14 to look at an image of sexual activity.

District Judge Stephen Nicholls ordered an all options probation report and Collins was bailed to appear back at Exeter magistrates court for sentencing next month.

He was ordered to sign on the Sex Offenders’ register.

A defence application to ban the reporting of the defendant’s address was rejected by the judge