Douglas Curtis – Booth Street, Ripley

Jail for pervert who used fake identities to send sexual messages to young girls on Facebook. 

Pervert Douglas Curtis has been jailed for six years

A pervert who sent “violent and sexual” messages to young girls and their mothers via Facebook has been jailed.

Douglas Curtis, of Booth Street, Ripley, has been jailed for six years at Nottingham Crown Court after pleading guilty to 12 counts of inciting sexual and offensive behaviour.

The 28-year-old committed the first offence on April 9, 2015, when he messaged an 11-year-old girl at 10pm from a Facebook account he had created under a false name.

Prosecutor Andrew Easteal, told the court: “The messages he sent were offensive, very sexual and explicit in nature. He invited her to meet him to engage in sexual activity with him.

 She told him several times to go away and leave her alone.”

When the victim, whose identity is protected by law, told Curtis her age, his response was “I do not care”, the court heard.

A few days later, on April 19, Curtis messaged a mother of six on Facebook under a different alias.

He sent the mother a picture of her six children, who were all under the age of 14, asking: “what would you think if I abused them all?”

Curtis later posed as a 13-year-old boy and contacted two friends, who were aged 12 and 13. He sent the girls sexual messages as well as sexually explicit images of himself.

In June 2015, he messaged an 11-year-old girl, once again using a false name.

Mr Easteal said: “She took him initially to be a boy from school and accepted a friend invitation. He began with a series of innocuous questions and exchanges.”

But the conversation took a dark turn and Curtis asked the young girl if they could meet up, before he started to become “pushy” and sent an “increasing number of messages”.

Mr Easteal said: “[Curtis] set up accounts to mask who he was, both in terms of his name and location and, most importantly, his age. He was unaffected by the responses he was receiving.”

Christopher Brewin, defending, said Curtis suffers from a mild form of Asperger’s syndrome and has expressed “disgust” at his actions.

He said: “He has spent so much time in custody and has thought about it a great deal. He is willing to be treated. He knows he is going to be in prison for a long time but he doesn’t want to repeat this pattern of behaviour when he is released.”

Judge Rosalind Coe QC sentenced Curtis to six years of imprisonment for six counts of inciting sexual behaviour with children and one year in prison for six counts of inciting offensive behaviour, the sentences to run concurrently.

She said: “I accept that there was no direct contact but there clearly was pursuit of that. You might have turned to children because of your rejection by adults.”

A spokesman for children’s charity NSPCC said: “Curtis groomed vulnerable young girls online with the stated intention of sexually abusing them. His despicable actions are a disturbing but sadly all-too-typical example of the dangers young people face on social media.

“It is vital that parents and carers talk to their children about the risk they face while using the internet. Advice is available on our Net Aware website, or via the NSPCC and O2’s online safety helpline on 0808 800 5002.”


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