January 2012

Facebook pervert jailed for having sex with girl, 15

A CONVICTED paedophile who had sex with an underage girl he met on Facebook is back behind bars.

Wayne Fowdy was jailed in 2006 for an attack on a 13-year-old girl and ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

In October he became “friends” with a 15-year-old girl on the social networking site, and within days had met and had sex with her.

Under the terms of the sex offenders’ register he should not have had any unsupervised contact with young girls.

At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday, Judge James Goss jailed the 31-year-old, of Farringdon, Sunderland, who pleaded guilty to having sexual activity with a child, for two years.

The court heard a transcript of the online messages exchanged between Fowdy and his latest victim runs to more than 100 pages.

Judge Goss told Fowdy: “Although I have seen from the exchange of messages over Facebook she was keen to commence a relationship with you, you knew she was 15 and were breaching the requirements of your sex offender registration.

“Clearly this previous offence and the breach of registration requirements significantly aggravates the circumstances.”

Prosecutors accept the girl initially told Fowdy she was 16, but confessed her age before they met.

Fowdy must sign the sex offenders’ register for a further 10 years and abide by an indefinite sexual offences prevention order, which restricts his use of the internet.

Andrew Finlay, defending, said: “He is not a dangerous offender. He had taken some steps to turn his life around, and was not really presenting any risk until this particular set of circumstances arose as a result of Facebook contact.

“Social isolation arose out of his previous conviction, and he found the only way he could socialise was over Facebook, and that’s how he came across the complainant.”