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Welshpool man avoids jail on sex charges

 
Created on 10/11/2017 @ 13:13
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A 26-year-old Welshpool man who incited two schoolgirls to carry out sex acts online has been spared jail.

Bryan Anthony Bowen approached two girls aged 13 and 15 years via their Facebook pages, asking them for sex and to send naked photographs.

Judge Rhys Rowland told Mold Crown Court that Bowen, 26, from Welshpool was “trying to live out some sort of fantasy”.

In choosing not to jail him, the judge described the defendant, who has dwarfism, as “small in stature, and emotionally inadequate” adding if he was sent to prison he would have a very hard time.

The court heard he had no previous convictions but the judge said that what Bowen had done was “very, very wrong”.

After thinking about the case, the judge said that he had been persuaded to suspend the inevitable prison sentence.

Prosecuting barrister Anna Price told the court that a girl aged 15 was shocked and angry to receive a Facebook message from Bowen from Welshpool saying “do you want to f…?” via her Facebook page.

She tried to block him but then received a message from him on her 16th birthday saying “I will f… you for your birthday present”.

When arrested, his laptop was examined and that showed that he had previously approached a girl aged 13 on Facebook in which he described her as “fit as f…” and asking if she was single.

He asked her out, saying he would treat her well, but when she refused, he sent her a message asking her for naked picture.

There followed further messages where he called her “beautiful and sexy”.

When Bowen, whose address was given as Borfa Green, Welshpool was arrested and interviewed, he said that he thought the girls were older, the court heard.

Bowen admitted the two incitement charges which took place between July and October 2015. A further harassment charge was dropped.

Judge Rowland handed Bowen a 48 week prison sentence suspended for two years and he was placed on rehabilitation.

He must follow programmes devised by the probation service and as a punishment he will remain indoors between 9 pm and 7 am for three months under a tagged curfew.

But the judge warned that if he breached the order then he would be sent to prison.

Bowen was made the subject of a 10 year sexual harm prevention order and he was ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for 10 years.

Girls aged 13 and 15 had “quite enough on their plates” without men like him pestering them and asking for photographs, the judge said.

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