Man jailed for sending sexual messages to 13 year old girl

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A man who sent sexual messages to a 13 year old girl has been jailed for 18 months at Lincoln Crown Court.

Benjamin Flatters, who last month received a 14 day sentence after posting a ‘grossly offensive’ anti-Muslim message on Facebook following the murder of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, had contact with the girl over a number of weeks.

On Friday Stephen Lowne, prosecuting, said Flatters was aware of the girl’s age but sent her a number of sexually suggestive messages which included him telling her he would love to have sex with her.

He told the court: “There were a number of messages that caused concern.”

Flatters, 22, of no fixed address, but formerly of Drayton Road, Swineshead, admitted inciting a girl to engage in sexual activity by sending her sexual messages between November 2011 and January 2012.

Judge Michael Heath told him: “That girl was 13 and no blame can be attached to her. The law is there to protect her.”

John McNally, defending, said much of the content of messages between the pair was “nonsense”.

“They never sought to meet but he accepts he made suggestions.”

He said Flatters had a difficult time at school and had been diagnosed as having ADHD.

Mr McNally added: “He knows that sometimes he does things without thinking.”