Flasher contacted girl on Facebook

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A CONVICTED flasher who used Facebook to pester a teenage girl has walked free from court.

Desmond Boylan – who flouted a court order barring him from having unsupervised contact with anyone under 16 – used a computer in a library to contact the 15-year-old.

Preston Crown Court heard the girl had feared Boylan would track her down as her Facebook page contained details of her school.

Boylan, 43, of Poulton Road, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (Sopo).

The court heard how the order was imposed in 2005 following his conviction for exposure.

In one case Boylan exposed himself to an eight-year-old girl and a four-year-old boy in Fleetwood’s Memorial Park.

And on another occasion he exposed himself to a 16-year-old girl in the same park.

In his latest offence he used the library computer to make contact with the girl, pestering her on a number of occasions via Facebook.

Nick Courtney, prosecuting, said the girl had been scared to go out in case the defendant was looking for her.

In a victim statement, the she feared Boylan would track her down.

Her family are now more security conscious regarding the internet.

The case comes as The Gazette, yesterday, revealed how computer experts and police were advising youngsters to be vigilant when using Facebook and not to put too much personal details on their online ‘profiles’.

Richard Hunt, defending, said the offences happened more than a year ago and Boylan had behaved himself ever since. He was described as someone who provided care for his wife.

He was given a sentence of 16 weeks prison, suspended for two years, with a three-month curfew to operate from 8pm to 8am. He will be subject to a Sopo for 10 years.

Judge Anthony Russell told the defendant “Your conduct was a risk to young people.

“You knew perfectly well this girl was 15 because her date of birth was on the Facebook entry. Your conduct has caused distress and concern to her. Your attentions were not welcome.”