Sexually explicit messages to young girl found on phone of St Albans man after being caught for drug offence

Gary Weaver appeared at St Albans Crown Court on April 9

Gary Weaver appeared at St Albans Crown Court on April 9 - Credit: Archant

A sexually explicit chat with a 14 year old girl was found by police on the mobile phone they seized from a man they caught dealing a wrap of cocaine.

Gary Weaver, 31, was arrested outside his home in Dellfield, St Albans on July 25 last year after collecting half a gram of cocaine from a dealer and handing it over to a friend in a van.

The deal, at 8.20pm, was seen by police officers, who arrested Weaver and the other man, St Albans Crown Court heard on April 9.

Prosecutor Ann Evans said Weaver told the police he was in a betting shop and a friend asked him to get him some cocaine. He took £60 from the friend and went to the dealer who gave him the wrap and £10 change.

“He fully cooperated with the police and showed a great deal of remorse,” said Mrs Evans. The other man was cautioned.

The police examined the mobile phone. They found no evidence of drug dealing, but uncovered explicit chats between the defendant and a 14-year-old girl from Leicestershire.

The prosecutor said: “She describes back in December 2014 she got a BBM friend request from someone she did not know.”

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She communicated with Weaver and, from May, the girl said the messages started to become rude. Although he knew she was 14, he sent her indecent images. She did not send him explicit pictures of herself and although he asked her for sex they never met.

Weaver, 31, of Dellfield, St Albans, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Stuart Sprawson, defending, said in the drugs case the driver was a personal friend who wanted a small amount for personal use.

“There is no mitigation for the sexual offence. He was the adult and became aware of her age. At first she said she was 16 then said she was 14. It happened over a short period. Nothing happened,” he said.

He said unemployed Weaver suffered depression and was remorseful about the offence.

Mr Sprawson asked for a suspended sentence to be passed.

Judge Marie Catterson agreed and passed a 12 month sentence suspended for 18 months. He will have 12 months’ supervision by probation officers and must attend an activity requirement of 60 days.

A 10 year Sexual Harm Prevention Order banned him from having unsupervised contact of any kind with girls under 16 and banned him from using the Internet to contact any girl under 16. The phone and drugs are to be destroyed.

The judge said: “At times the victim’s own messages were explicit. Any 14 year old sending such messages is obviously vulnerable and in need of protection. You were 30 - a significant age difference.”