Predator jailed after tormenting teen victim over Facebook

Noel Rigby, 57, of Brookhouse, has been jailed
Noel Rigby, 57, of Brookhouse, has been jailed

A Wigan man who bombarded a teenage girl with explicit Facebook messages has been jailed.

Noel Rigby, 57, from Brookhouse, has been sent to prison for 18 months for inciting sexual activity with a child.

Following the sentencing, yesterday at Liverpool Crown Court, Rigby will also be placed on the sexual offenders register and be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for ten years.

The court heard how Rigby approached his 15-year-old victim on a street in Ince, in August 2015 and made a number of inappropriate comments.

The next day, he found the girl on Facebook and added her as a friend before sending her a slew of explicit messages.

Rigby told the girl to make sure she deleted the messages, but the girl instead showed them to the police and he was arrested.

Detective Constable Rachel Forsythe, of GMP’s Wigan Child Sexual Exploitation team, said: “Rigby has approached this girl in the street and made deeply inappropriate comments.

“He has then gone out of his way to track her down on Facebook and continued to flood her with explicit messages.

“I want to pay tribute to the bravery of this young girl in coming forward and helping us to secure this conviction.

“I hope today’s sentence demonstrates our commitment to pursuing sexual predators, no matter where they are or how long it takes.”

Speaking after the trial, her family said: “As a result of what happened to my daughter, I saw her change almost overnight.

“My little girl, who was happy and confident, disappeared before me and in her place was a closed and quiet child. I found this heart breaking and difficult to deal with because I didn’t know how to make it better for her.

“As a family we have experienced many emotions throughout this investigation, but we are eased by the fact that the case has been heard in court and we can achieve some closure on the matter.”

“We are grateful to the court for the sentence passed today and I believe that we can finally move on and put this behind us.”

To report a sexual offence contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.