A man set up a Facebook account using a false name and age before sending an explicit picture to a young Rugby girl he knew was only 12 years old.
Warwick Crown Court heard that David Furby also called the girl to try to get her to listen to him performing a sex act – only for the phone to be answered by her mother.
Children grow up in a frightening world, easy prey to people like you with a complete disregard for the child.Judge Sylvia de Bertodano
Furby, 32, of St Lukes Road, Holbrooks, Coventry, was jailed for 12 months and ordered to register as a sex offender for ten years after he admitted inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
Prosecutor Edward Soulsby said that Furby had set up a Facebook account using the name Richard Mander and claiming to be younger than he was.
He began engaging in online chat of an explicit nature with a girl living in Rugby and sent her an explicit photograph, which he encouraged her to view despite knowing she was only 12.
Furby also told her he would phone her so she could hear him performing a sex act.
But the girl’s father had become concerned about her use of the social networking site and the conversations she was taking part in.
And when Furby made his call to her in May last year, the phone was answered by her mother who told him the police had been informed.
Following his arrest Furby claimed he was only using a different name because of abuse he had suffered on the website, and put his false age down to ‘stupidity.’
But he denied his actions had been predatory, and he claimed he was not attracted to young girls.
He said he did not know the girl’s age until after he had sent her the picture, although he accepted he was aware of how young she was when he incited her to listen to him performing a sex act.
Kevin Grego asked the judge to consider passing a community sentence with a sex offender treatment programme or a suspended sentence.
But jailing Furby, Judge Sylvia de Bertodano told him: “You set up a Facebook account in a false name. She told you repeatedly she was 12. That makes this a serious matter.
“Children grow up in a frightening world, easy prey to people like you with a complete disregard for the child. This kind of thing leads to long-term psychological damage.
“It is extremely fortunate that the child’s parents could see what you were doing and put a stop to it.”