Man jailed for sending teen girl photo

A MAN from Heckmondwike has been jailed for 15 months after breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order by contacting a 14-year-old girl on the internet and sending her an indecent picture of himself.

The order was imposed in July 2014 when James Phillips, 27, was given a suspended prison sentence for two offences of causing or inciting a female to engage in sexual activity.

That involved Phillips, of The Crofts, Heckmondwike, contacting a 15-year-old girl on Facebook and sending images of himself semi-naked and receiving pictures of her in her underwear.

One of the conditions of the SOPO was for him not to contact any child under the age of 18 on the internet, other than family members with the permission of their parent or guardian.

About six months after the suspended sentence ended, Phillips sent a Facebook friend request to a 14-year-old girl, and then sent her a photograph of an intimate part of his body.

Phillips admitted that sending the picture was “highly inappropriate.”

He was jailed by Judge Guy Kearl QC, who said despite completing the suspended sentence without a breach within six months of it ending he had contacted another teenager, showing a “pattern of sexual offending.”

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