May 2016

Mum catches online predator who blackmailed 13-year-old daughter for explicit images


An online ‘predator’ has been brought to justice after being confronted by a furious mum.

After coaxing a schoolgirl into sending him explicit shots, Alie Fawaz threatened to publish them online unless she sent him another graphic image of herself.

Terrified, she confided in her mother, who told Fawaz in a text: “If you ****ing contact her again I will phone the police. In fact I might phone the police anyway.”

As threatened, the angry mum did phone the police , and Fawaz was arrested and later charged with causing a child to engage in sexual activity, causing a child to watch sexual activity, and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, offences he later pleaded guilty to.

Manchester Crown Court heard that the girl was just 11 when she began talking to Fawaz, then 15, on social networking site Omegle in October 2012.

By December 2013, when he was 17 and she was 13, he had convinced her to to send him a 30 second video of herself performing an indecent act, and he responded in kind.

The following morning, ‘she felt sick’, prosecutor Andrew Mackintosh said. But in February 2014 they exchanged more videos of a similar type.

After that, she deleted his number and contact details. But in July 2014 she got a message asking her to send him a video of herself performing a lewd act.

She deleted the message, and he contacted her again saying: “Hey send the video or I will see how many views it gets.”

Believing he was going to post the images online, she told her mother, who later said: “I decided to reply to this male because I could see what it was doing to her. She was frightened and didn’t know what to do. I was very angry.”

Mark Monaghan, defending, said of Fawaz, now 20, of Kingsway, Burnage was ‘thoroughly ashamed’, and was only a teenager himself at the time.

“This young man is described as isolated, with low self esteem, poor self worth, it may well be he presents as immature in the kind of matters we are talking about”, Mr Monaghan said.

Speaking of the perceived threat to publish the images, Mr Monaghan added: “It was accompanied by a smiley face, a laughing face. Although it was meant as joke he accepts she might not have taken it as such.”

Sentencing, Judge Andrew Blake agreed with defence submissions that a programme of rehabilitation, rather than a jail sentence, would prevent Fawaz reoffending.

Ordering him to attend the Northumbria Sex Offenders’ Programme as part of a three-year community order, plus £500 costs and a restraining order, Judge Blake told him: “Young girls have to be protected from people who are predatory like you.”