Sex texts sent to girl, 13, sees 'immature' defendant jailed
A MAN who sent sexually explicit text messages to a 13-year-old girl despite being warned off her by police has been jailed for 12 months at Lincoln Crown Court.
Daniel Seviour, who first met the girl at a children's play park in Skegness, was given the warning in November last year but continued to have contact with the teenager.
Mark Achurch, prosecuting, said that Seviour "hung around" with children of the same age of the girl.
"The girl's view was that he looked 17 but behaved like he was 14."
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Mr Achurch said that the girl's mother heard of her daughter's contact with Seviour and he was given a police warning.
But in March this year police were called in again following concerns expressed by the girl's school.
Explicit text messages together with two indecent photographs of the girl were subsequently found on Seviour's mobile phone along with other illegal images of children.
Seviour, 24, of Skegness Road, Ingoldmells, admitted eight charges of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity on dates in February and March this year.
He also admitted three charges of possession of indecent images on his mobile.
Michael Cranmer-Brown, defending, said the text messages were simply the pair fantasising about sex and there had never been any physical sexual contact between them.
He said that Seviour was an immature man who behaved like a teenager rather than someone of his own age.
But Judge Michael Heath rejected the defence barrister's plea that Seviour should escape custody.
The judge told Seviour: "She may have been willing but the law is there to protect girls from themselves.
"These offences are so serious that the only sentence I can justify is custody."