Facebook sex pest is jailed

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

Wayne Fowdy (pictured) was jailed in 2006 for attacking a 13-year-old girl, and told to sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

But last October he became “friends” with a teenage girl on the social networking site, and within days had met and had sex with her.

Under the terms of the register, Fowdy 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 admitted sexual activity with a child, for two years.

A transcript of the messages between Fowdy and his latest victim ran to more than 100 pages.

The judge told Fowdy: “Although I have seen from the exchange of messages over Facebook she was keen to commence a relationship with you and expressed affection for you, you knew she was 15 and you were breaching the requirements of your sex offender registration, which were imposed as a result of your earlier offence of sexual assault on a 13-year-old in 2006.

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

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

As part of his sentence Fowdy must sign the sex offenders’ register for a further 10 years, has been banned from working with children for life, and must abide by an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order which restricts his use of the internet.

The judge told Fowdy: “I’m satisfied in your case it is necessary to make a Sexual Offences Prevention Order, for the purpose of protecting girls from sexual harm from you.”

Andrew Finlay, defending, told the court Fowdy had kept out of trouble since his release from the nine-month sentence.

Mr Finlay 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.

“Social isolation arose out of his previous conviction.

“He found one way he could socialise was over Facebook and it was that way he came across the complainant.

“She contacted him and asked to be friends.”

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