A man has been jailed for inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
44-year-old George Andrew Doughty of Bolton was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment, given a sexual harm prevention order for 5 years and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life on Monday of this week at Bolton Crown Court.
He had pleaded guilty to inciting a child to engage in sexual activity at an earlier hearing. In the summer of 2013 Doughty started to send messages, which were sexual in nature, to a 14-year-old girl through social media.
He asked her inappropriate questions on a number of occasions before encouraging her to go on Skype, in order to speak to him. When the victim agreed, he attempted to convince her to engage in sexual activity on webcam.
The victim immediately ended the call before Doughty messaged her, with an apology. She later confided in a family member about what had happened and the police were informed.
Detective Sergeant Pete Astbury from the Bolton division Phoenix Exit team has remarked “George Doughty is a depraved individual who initially started messaging his victim under the guise of just being friendly and talking about normal everyday topics before taking a dark turn and attempting to exploit her”.
He also added “I know any case involving offences of this nature is concerning but I hope the sentence passed today will send a clear message that GMP will not tolerate any form of child exploitation and we, along with our partners, will continue to support victims and investigate all reports that are made. I would like to thank his victim for the bravery that she has shown in coming forward and supporting the prosecution and helping take this man off the streets”.