August 2023

Police catch man who thought he was talking to girl, 13

A pervert told what he believed was a girl of 13 she was ‘hot’ and said he would treat her like a princess, Bradford Crown Court heard.

Oscar Magoolagan, 29, of Starkey Lane, Farnhill, near Skipton, sent an undercover police officer posing online as a child a picture of his penis and offered to pick her up from Preston, prosecutor Sam Roxborough said. 

Magoolagan pleaded guilty at Skipton Magistrates’ Court last month to attempting to incite a 13-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity and attempted sexual communication with a child. 

Mr Roxborough said the offending took place over a few days in January 2021. 

Magoolagan engaged in sexualised conversation with the officer who was acting as a decoy, the court was told. He instigated the chat, telling the ‘girl’ she looked cute. 

The officer gave her age as 13 straight away but he ‘wasted no time’ in sexualising the conversation, Mr Roxborough said. 

He told her an older guy would be more mature, give her gifts and treat her like a princess. 

He sent topless images of himself, called her hot and encouraged her to touch herself sexually. 

Magoolagan then sent her an image of his penis. He said he could pick her up from Preston and they could engage in sexual activity at his home. 

The court heard that he ended the sexualised chat after a few days. He was arrested on January 27, 2021, and his phone and laptops seized. 

Recorder Taryn Turner said she wasn’t about to rehearse the ‘sordid details’ of what had taken place but such offending was of extreme concern to all parents and must be taken seriously by the courts. 

But Magoolagan was voluntarily engaging with a professional organisation to address his behaviour and he had not offended in any way since.  

He was sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, with an accredited programme requirement and 25 rehabilitation activity days. 

The court made a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for five years.