Man avoids jail over child porn ‘grooming’

Updated Wed Feb 23, 2011 8:25am AEDT

A man has been given a suspended sentence for procuring child pornography in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley.

John Sykes, 26, met the 12-year-old victim at a motorsport event in March last year.

The Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court heard they exchanged phone numbers and became Facebook friends.

The prosecutor told the court, Sykes sent the girl a photo of his erect penis and encouraged her to send him naked photos of herself.

The magistrate said he was concerned by the “pattern of grooming'” and said it was “every parent’s nightmare”.

Sykes was convicted of procuring the girl to make child pornography and committing an indecent act with a child under 16.

He received a three-month suspended sentence, an 18-month community-based order and a supervision order.

Sykes will be a registered sex offender for 15 years.


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