March 2021

Sex offender sent young girl indecent pictures and videos of himself over Snapchat during two-year abuse campaign

A man has been jailed for ‘historic’ sex offences after he abused a young girl for over two years

Paul Halfpenny, 37, would touch himself inappropriately whilst with the girl, and would send her inappropriate images and videos of himself over Snapchat.

Minshull Street Crown Court heard that Halfpenny, who lived in Trafford, would also attempt to film the victim while she undressed.

Today (Thursday 4 March) Halfpenny, of no fixed abode, was jailed for two years and 10 months after being convicted of a number of sexual offences.

He was found guilty of two counts of attempting to possess an indecent photograph of a child, two counts of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child aged between 13 and 15.

Halfpenny was also convicted of two counts of causing a child aged between 13 and 15 to watch or look at an image of sexual activity and one count of sending communications conveying indecent or offensive messaging.

He will also have to sign the sex offenders’ register for life, and was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for life.

The court also imposed an indefinite restraining on Halfpenny.