The sick and twisted man “kept demanding” more pictures from the schoolgirl
A self-confessed “dirty old man” from South Croydon sent a schoolgirl sexually explicit Facebook messages, wanted to know if she was sleeping with boys and asked if she fancied him .
Andrew Rogers, from Wilson Close, which is just off Bartlett Street, started messaging the girl shortly before her 15th birthday.
The 55-year-old, who works at Gatwick Airport, had met the girl once before when she was 10.
Jonathan Rogers, prosecuting, said Rogers promised the girl money or an iPhone, and told her to show how much she wanted them by sending him pictures of herself.
In one exchange, Rogers referred to himself as a “dirty old man” and called her a “dirty schoolgirl.”
He also wanted to know if she was sleeping with boys, whether she fancied him, and whether she had seen “c**k” before.
Mr Rogers said: “It’s clear from these messages he knew exactly how old she was.
“He repeatedly asked her to show him how much she loved him and how much she missed him, by sending him ‘a nice photo.’
“The messages became increasingly concerning.”
The disturbing messages were discovered by the girl’s mum, at their family home in Liverpool, and police were alerted, as reported by our sister site the Liverpool Echo.
Rogers initially denied any wrongdoing.
He appeared at Liverpool Crown Court charged with sexual communication with a child and changed his plea to guilty as his trial was about to get underway.
Jonathan Rosen, defending, admitted Rogers had “a problem which needs to be addressed.”
“He is deeply ashamed and apologetic about his actions,” said Mr Rosen.
The girl’s mum, in her impact statement, said Rogers’ behaviour had had a “devastating effect” on her family.
It had led to the teenager, now 17, self-harming and threatening to commit suicide.
She added: “She should be going out and enjoying herself, instead she’s angry and depressed.”
Balding Rogers – who hung his head throughout most of the proceedings – was jailed for a total of 23 weeks.
He was also given a sexual harm prevention order and put on the sex offenders’ register for seven years.
Judge Denis Watson, QC, said: “The communications via Facebook messaging had an increasingly sexual theme to them.
“You made repeated requests for photos. Although she sent them, you weren’t satisfied with those and kept demanding others.
“I have absolutely no doubt you wanted a sexual pose.
“These were linked to offers by you of providing her with money, a phone, or both.
“Parts of this came close to grooming.”
Speaking afterwards, the girl’s mum said: “I hope this will encourage other young girls to open up and come forward.
“There must be hundreds of kids this has happened to who are too quiet or too frightened to say anything.”
An NSPCC spokesperson said: “Rogers’ predatory targeting of this vulnerable young girl has left her with serious emotional and mental scars which will take significant time to heal.
“The NSPCC works with victims of child abuse and their families to help them work through their trauma and we hope this girl is receiving all appropriate support.
“Rogers’ repulsive behaviour highlights the need for robust legislation to crack down on websites and social media platforms that leave young people exposed to paedophiles. We urge the Government to do all it can to ensure tech firms are held responsible for our children’s safety.”
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