Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Text sleaze jailed for 'grooming' 14yo
A FATHER of three who started an email relationship with a 14-year-old schoolgirl after she sent him a random SMS has been jailed for attempting to use the internet to lure the teenager into a sexual relationship.
The relationship began when Richard Gerard Meehan received an unsolicited text message from the Canberra schoolgirl trying to contact a former teacher named Richard.
After these initial messages, the pair swapped email addresses and began an online long-distance romance.
Although Meehan did not initiate the contact, a Victorian magistrate said yesterday "like-minded adults" who were tempted to use the internet or text messaging to manipulate vulnerable children into sexual relationships must be deterred.
Even though she intitiated it, a 54 - year -old should know better.....


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