November 2019

Online predator jailed for raping 16-year-old girl

A social media predator has been jailed for raping a teenage girl who he groomed through Facebook messages.

Jay Hubbard, 25, used a string of false online identities to target three different under aged girls, including the victim of the rape, who he had consensual sex with when she was just 15.

He sent all three girls sexualised messages on Snapchat, Instagram or Facebook and went on to rape one of them at a house near Dartmouth.

Hubbard was already a registered sexual offender because he assaulted a 14-year-old girl in 2011.

He was also subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) which banned all contact with under age girls.

The rape had a serious effect on the girl, who changed from being outgoing, sociable and popular to being frightened to leave her home.

He was jailed at Exeter Crown Court where a judge also made a new SHPO which prevents him creating false online identities in the future.

Hubbard, of Chestnut Grove, Dartmouth, admitted rape, three counts of sexual activity with a child, one of sexual communication with a child, and six of breaching the SHPO or the terms of the sex offenders’ register.

He was jailed for six and a half years by Judge Timothy Rose, who told him: “These offences all reveal a troubling and disturbing fascination with sexual activity with girls who are under the age of consent.”

Mr Peter Coombe, prosecuting, said the offences started with Hubbard having consensual sex with a girl when she was 15. He raped her when she was 16 by forcing her to have rough oral sex when she was struggling to breathe and trying to push him away.

He breached the sex offenders’ register and the SHPO by spending two nights with the girl, creating false internet identities, and contacting under age girls.

The offences all took place in 2017 and 2018 and some only came to light after police found a laptop and mobile phone hidden under Hubbard’s mattress while carrying out a routine check at his home.

They showed he had used his own name, and the aliases Ben Jones, Jack Goodman, and Jaybo, on various social media accounts.

He told one 15-year-old she was gorgeous and asked about her virginity but she told him to go away and called him a paedophile.

Hubbard told the police he had not realised the girl had not consented and claimed he was ‘just being stupid’ when he sent the social media messages.

Mr Coombe said:”It is clear he was someone who behaved in a very predatory sexual way towards under age girls and had a fixation with girls in that age group.”