March 2021

‘Dirty minded’ Rawtenstall man sent vile pictures to undercover police officer

A ‘dirty minded’ quarry worker who struck-up a sexual conversation with a 13-year-old girl was actually speaking to an undercover police officer.

Peter Diggles engaged in lewd conversation with ‘Becky’ over a period several weeks in the summer of 2019, asking her to send him pictures and touch herself in a sexual way.

The 53-year-old also sent pictures of his erect penis to the ‘teenager’ before arranging a phone call conversation where he asked her to delete all messages and photos.

Prosecuting the case, Charles Brown said: “The facts relate to an undercover police officer creating an identity on social media of a 13-year-old girl by the name of Becky.

“The identity was created on a number of social media sites including KIK messenger.

“As a result of that, on June 13 the defendant contacted Becky. Her age was established straight away.

“Conversations continued and advanced. On the 19th on June he indicated he would like to touch her. On the 21st he sent pictures of his erect and his non-erect penis. On the 28th of June they had a telephone conversation during which he asked her to delete all of the messages and pictures he had sent to her.”

During that time he also asked her to touch herself in a sexual manner and expressed a desire to touch her private parts.

Preston Crown Court heard how Diggles of Beech Street, Rawtenstall, had no previous convictions.

Sentencing him for one count of attempting sexual communication with a child and attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act, Judge Simon Medland QC said: “This is dirty-minded behaviour.

“It is out of character for you and I will treat it as such.

“There is a helpful pre-sentence report and the sentence I impose upon you for your guilty plea on both counts is a community order of three years.

“There will be the Horizon programme undertaken by you. I also impose a fine of £500.

“The sex offender notification requirements will apply for five years and there will be a sexual harm prevention order.”