February 2020

Pervert quizzed schoolgirl, 14, about her sex life and sent penis pics in vile Snapchat messages

Drugged-up pervert Anthony Heraty sent sexual messages and vile photos of his naked private parts to a 14-year-old girl.

The 37-year-old exchanged messages with the teenager on Snapchat.

And after consuming a cocktail of cocaine and alcohol, he asked her if she was still a virgin and questioned her about oral sex.

Now Heraty has been sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 18 months, at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

Prosecutor Paul Spratt said the defendant began to communicate with a 14-year-old girl on social media.

Mr Spratt said: “He knew the child was young.

“On September 28, 2018 he began communicating with her in a manner which was sexual in nature.

“He enquired as to whether she had her virginity and whether she had oral sex.

“He sent an image of his private parts in his underpants and a sexual image of his naked penis which was erect.

“She told her mother immediately.”

The defendant told police he was drunk and under the influence of drugs at the time. He believed the girl was older than 14 but knew she was young.

Heraty, formerly of Burslem, who is now of Windermere Road, Handforth, Cheshire, pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual communication with a child.

As part of the suspended sentence Heraty must complete a rehabilitation activity requirement for 20 days, a sex offender treatment programme, and 160 hours unpaid work.

Judge Paul Glenn said: “You met the child through Snapchat. You exchanged messages. You knew her age. Initially there was no inappropriate contact. But on September 28, 2018 you sent a number of messages which were utterly disgusting.

“You questioned her about her virginity. You questioned her about oral sex. You spoke of having sex the previous week in vulgar terms. You sent her pictures of your own penis, including a naked picture.

Heraty was placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years and barred from a range of activities involving children and vulnerable adults. He was ordered to pay £400 costs.