August 2019

Paedophile sent Instagram message to 15-year-old girl telling her he was ‘looking for sexual friends’

A paedophile sent “worryingly graphic” messages to a girl on Instagram who told him she was only 15 and asked him to leave her alone.

Nick Cowdry told the teenager he was sexually interested in her, despite knowing straightaway that she was a child, and he persistently sent her messages which became increasingly explicit.

Speaking at Cardiff Crown Court prosecutor Matthew Cobbe said: “As much as she tried to get rid of him he would not leave her alone.”

The court heard the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was 15 when the defendant started sending her messages on January 6.

Prosecutors said he lied and told her he was 10 years younger than he actually was but did not disguise his name.

“He told her he was sexually interested in her,” said Mr Cobbe.

Cowdry said to the victim: “I’m looking for sexual friends.” She replied: “Look, I don’t know what’s going through your head but I’m 15, it’s not going to happen.”

Prosecutors said his messages were sexual from the start but became “increasingly explicit”. The girl replied with a vomiting emoji.

The court heard she showed the messages to her father who was “totally disgusted” and called the police.

Officers made inquiries to identify him and went to his home in Bridgend. They seized his phone and took him to the police station.

In his interview Cowdry accepted he was responsible for the messages but said he could not remember why he started messaging the girl, who he did not know.

He told officers a lot of people wanted to follow him on Instagram and he did not usually talk sexually to girls.

The defendant said he could go into “self-destructive mode” when he had been drinking and may have been drunk from the night before.

Prosecutors said he had four previous convictions and was judged by the Probation Service to present a high risk of re-conviction and a high risk of harm to girls.

Cowdry, 53, from Broadlands in Bridgend, admitted engaging in sexual communication with a child.

Cowdry was jailed for 10 months. The judge made a five-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and ordered him to register as a sex offender.