A PERVERT sent indecent messages to a South Tyneside schoolgirl after befriending her on Facebook.
Jay Jay McMullen sent the lewd messages to the 14-year-old, who he did not know, soon after sending her a ‘friend’ request on the social networking site.
The 20-year-old also exchanged phone numbers with the girl and sent her a text message – asking if she would have sex with him.
When a teacher at the girl’s school found out about it, she rang police.
McMullen, of Grange Park Road, Blackley, Manchester, pleaded guilty to sending the girl sexually explicit messages at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court in December.
He was not sentenced at the time, because he was waiting to be sentenced at Bolton Crown Court for possessing and distributing indecent images of a child.
Last week at Bolton, McMullen was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register and a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for five years and given a 12-month community order with 75 hours of unpaid work.
Yesterday, magistrates in South Tyneside gave him a 12-month community order and ordered him to pay £85 costs to run alongside that.
Stan Sudworth, prosecuting, said: “This is about him sending Facebook messages to a 14-year-old girl.
“He was ‘friends’ on Facebook with a girl in South Shields.
“Through her, he found the girl in this case and sent her messages of an indecent and suggesting nature.
“At the time she was 14 years old.
“Her details on the site said she was 14, so he should have known her age.
“He also had her phone number and sent her a text message saying he wanted to have sex with her.”
David Forrester, defending, said: “Up until his crown court appearance, this man had no convictions.
“The report that was prepared for the crown court recommends a conditional discharge.
“But he says that because the judge knew these proceedings were hanging over him, he gave him a more serious sentence.
“He is on an order, which means he must not contact or be in the company of anyone under 16.
“He says he didn’t know she was 14 and says if he did, he wouldn’t have acted in that way.
“In reality, it doesn’t matter.
“This happened 12 months ago and she blocked him from Facebook straight away.
“That was the end of the matter.”
Mr Forrester said the girl’s dad then deleted his number from her phone.
He added: “When he was arrested, the police asked him what he would have done if the girl had wanted to go along with it.
“He said he would have had to find out where South Shields was first.”