April 2015

Paedophile jailed for eight years

Paedophile jailed for eight years

A MAN who contacted a 15 year-old girl on Facebook and forced her to have sex with him has been jailed for eight years.

Philip Wright (37) of South Drive, Bolton-upon-Dearne was convicted in March of seven counts of sexual activity with a child under 16 following a five-day trial and sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on April 15.

The court heard Wright got in touch with the victim, also from Bolton, via Facebook in April 2014 when she was 15-years-old.

He began sending her sexually explicit messages and persuaded her to meet up with him.

Wright then pressured her to have sex with him and they met up on a number of occasions over the next few months.

Police were contacted in September after the victim’s mum received a phone bill for £500. When she checked her daughter’s phone she found sexually explicit messages from Wright on Facebook.

Wright was arrested and initially charged with two counts of sexual activity with a child.

Investigating officer detective constable Helen Swift said: “Wright is a cold and calculated individual.

“He preyed on a young girl who was vulnerable due to her age and took advantage of her.

“By putting her through the traumatic process of reliving what happened in court he has caused her further distress and anxiety.

“I want to praise the courage of the victim who has been incredibly strong throughout the investigation and the trial, as well as her family who have remained dignified throughout.”

Wright was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.