Dad texted daughter’s friend, 15

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A WIGAN man who sent obscene text messages to his daughter’s 15-year-old friend has avoided jail.

The 53-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, sent 11 anonymous text messages during a 48-hour period to the teenager and was sentenced to a three-year community order with supervision from the probation service and attend a sex offenders’ programme.

But District Judge Wendy Lloyd deemed that the offences, which took place between August 15 and 19 last year, were not serious enough to require him to sign the Sex Offender’s Register.

Wigan Magistrates’ Court heard how the man was working as a supermarket cleaner and had been noticed acting suspiciously and hiding something in bushes in the car park by colleagues.

When they went to inspect they found a mobile phone in a carrier bag and a number of text messages on the phone including one saying: “Are you up for some fun today?”

They contacted the police and he was arrested. He said he started contact with the girl, who was not aware who was texting her, with a view to talk about sex under a false name, before asking about his daughter’s sexual activity because he was concerned that she was sexually active. He later admitted that this was not his true intention.

Defending, Craige Parkinson, said: “He now accepts he’s got a problem and is now completely estranged from his family as a result of his actions.”

He was also ordered to pay £50 compensation to the victim.