September 2017

Pervert jailed after sending dirty Facebook messages to teen girl

Facebook pervert David Moffatt is today behind bars after sending a string of dirty messages to a teenage girl.

The 43-year-old has been convicted of the new offence of ‘engaging in sexual communication with a child’, just months after it came into force.

His young victim’s mum said she was horrified when she read the vile words Moffatt had sent her girl via Facebook messenger.

And today after seeing the pervert locked up she has urged other parents to make sure they know who is trying to contact their children online.

The 39-year-old, from Northumberland, said: “I was disgusted when I saw what he had written, I just wanted to kill him. I felt sick to think he had done this to my daughter, he must be sick in the head. Facebook makes it easy for men like this. You must keep checking your children’s privacy settings and make sure their friends are actually their friends. You have to be so careful.”

The mum, who cannot be named to protect the identity of her daughter discovered her daughter had been targeted by Moffatt after the 15-year-old posted something on Facebook.

She was alerted to the status by friends, then rushed to check her girls phone.

“I had been on night shift at work and when I came in I was in bed and I was getting lots of phone calls and messages and one of my friends said; ‘before you go on Facebook you need to know what’s happened’,” she explained.

“My daughter was in the shower and when she got out I checked her phone and she had lots of messages off him. Obviously I just rang the police straight away.”

Moffatt, of Saint Michaels Square, Alnwick, was charged with sending a letter, communication or article conveying false information, and engaging in sexual communication with a child.

He was convicted of both offences, which are said to have happened between June 1 and June 4 this year and jailed for 18 months at Newcastle Crown Court.

The judge also gave him a 10-year restraining order to keep him away from his young victim, and ordered him to sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

The mum-of-three now keeps a close eye on her daughters’ Facebook pages.

She added: “She has got all her privacy settings and everything on now. She didn’t have anything like that before. I didn’t think she needed it because she only had her friends from school and her family on there. But he must have searched for her. He went out of his way to find her.”