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Portadown man sent girl (17) Snapchat messages saying he fantasised about having sex with her

He told the girl he wanted to send her pictures of his genitals and, when she said she did not want that, he asked her not to tell her mum what was going on


A 48-year-old Portadown man who told a 17-year-old girl that he fantasised about having sex with her has been sentenced to five months in prison.

Craigavon Magistrates’ Court heard how Wayne Harrison, with an address on the Loughgall Road, messaged his victim on Facebook and Snapchat telling her that “you make my big nine inch d*** rock hard”.

Harrison, who appeared in court via videolink from Maghaberry, was charged with improper use of public electronic communications and harassment.

The prosecution outlined how the 17-year-old injured party informed police that on Monday, February 13, at 6.50pm she received text and Facebook messages from the defendant using the name ‘Rob Harrison’.

The messages ended with xxx, which made the IP feel uncomfortable. He added her to his Snapchat account on the same date with his username being ‘8inbigxxx’

Two days later, on Wednesday, February 15, the defendant made comments to the injured party in relation to his Snapchat username and asked her what she thought of it, and over the next few days he hearted all the Facebook posts on the injured party’s Facebook page, and “again she felt uncomfortable”.

On Saturday, February 18, at 2am, the injured party posted a picture of herself on Snapchat and at approximately 2.50am, the defendant took a screenshot of the picture.

At 9.30am the next day, Harrison sent a Snapchat message to the injured party saying: “That’s good, OMG, I was looking at some of your photos again. I hope you don’t mind me saying that you make my big nine inch d*** rock hard. I even made a video of it earlier. I mean this as a compliment and I would love to show you”.

The injured party asked why he had sent her that message and Harrison went on to say that he wanted to send her pictures of his genitals, to which the injured party indicated that she didn’t want that. Harrison then asked her not to tell her mum what was going on.

There were further phone calls on February 19 with the defendant telling the injured party he had fantasies about having sex with her. There were further foul messages the following morning.

Harrison’s defence solicitor, Thomas McKeever, told the court that his client gave full admissions in interview but added that there were “five phone calls, he instructs, where there was a conversation of a sexual nature which was mutual”.

However, Mr McKeever added that his client accepted the charges and asked full credit for his early guilty plea.

District Judge Bernie Kelly handed Harrison a five month custodial sentence and issued him with a Sexual Offences Prevention Order to run for the next five years.

He was also given a month custodial sentence – to run concurrently – in relation to a separate drugs possession charge.

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