Murton man jailed for coercing 12-year-old girl into sexual encounter

The Northern Echo: Jailed: Jonpaul Wiseman Jailed: Jonpaul Wiseman

A MAN arranged to meet a girl for a sexual encounter after befriending her on Facebook, a court heard.

Jonpaul Wiseman contacted a number of women and girls, after trawling the internet seeking a potential partner for a “final fling” before settling down with his long-term girlfriend - who was expecting their first child.

Durham Crown Court heard that sexual activity took place on the second rendezvous between 24-year-old Wiseman, who used the name ‘Lee Smithy’, and the 12-year-old.

But immediately after the “liaison”, on grassed area, Wiseman severed contact with the distraught girl, deactivating the Lee Smithy Facebook account.

The girl told friends what had taken place at school next day and they, in turn, told staff, who reported it to police.

Although she initially gave a fictitious account about being waylaid by a stranger, by the time police spoke to her again, it was clear she and one of her friends had been in Facebook contact with the man.

Joanne Kidd, prosecuting, said it included her sending him a topless photo of herself, while he, in reply, sent her a picture of his private parts.

Miss Kidd said Wiseman “coerced rather than intimidated” the girl into having sex, but she was legally unable to consent, due to her age.

He was also aware how old she was from an early stage, despite her falsely claiming her date of birth was in 1994, to give her user access to Facebook.

Miss Kidd said the Lee Smithy Facebook account was traced to Wiseman’s address and, despite his initial denials, when first arrested and interviewed, he indicated ‘guilt’ at his first crown court appearance.

Wiseman, now 25, of Beech Avenue, Murton, County Durham, admitted raping the girl and possessing an indecent photograph of a child.

John Elliott, mitigating, told the court Wiseman, who has no previous convictions, feels, “sick, sorry and ashamed of himself.”

He said it was to be one last fling before settling down with his girlfriend.

Mr Elliott told the court: “He became embroiled in the fantasy world of Facebook, where belief can be suspended.

“He became so fixated with his intention that he went on to commit this really dreadful crime.”

Jailing him for six years and three months, Judge Robert Adams told Wiseman his actions have had a “devastating effect” on the girl.

The judge also made him subject to a sexual offences prevention order, restricting future contact between Wiseman and under-16-year-olds, and registration as a sex offender, both for life.

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11:20pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Thor67 says...

6 years 3 months? What an absolute disgrace .. he takes the innocence of this poor child and gets a slap on the wrist. Another example of the poor justice system in place.
We can only hope that he gets his comeuppance inside the prison system.
6 years 3 months? What an absolute disgrace .. he takes the innocence of this poor child and gets a slap on the wrist. Another example of the poor justice system in place. We can only hope that he gets his comeuppance inside the prison system. Thor67
  • Score: 2

11:52pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Voice-of-reality says...

At the same time, of course, one has to question why the parents didn't know that their innocent daughter was meeting this man for a second time. It does not excuse his actions but parents also have a duty of care.
At the same time, of course, one has to question why the parents didn't know that their innocent daughter was meeting this man for a second time. It does not excuse his actions but parents also have a duty of care. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 8

7:14am Fri 14 Mar 14

laboursfoe says...

You would hope that Karma would have seen this person wandering around the A19 searching for his member too!!!
You would hope that Karma would have seen this person wandering around the A19 searching for his member too!!! laboursfoe
  • Score: 5

12:45pm Fri 14 Mar 14

MartinMo says...

The guy deserves worse as his actions of by far one of the more disgusting crimes but you also need to stop using the word "innocent" when talking about the girl. She created a profile on facebook making her 24 and from what I read she knew exactly what she was doing throughout, all to the point of meeting the sicko knowingly for sex.

The parents also need charged for failing in their duty of care for their own daughter.
The guy deserves worse as his actions of by far one of the more disgusting crimes but you also need to stop using the word "innocent" when talking about the girl. She created a profile on facebook making her 24 and from what I read she knew exactly what she was doing throughout, all to the point of meeting the sicko knowingly for sex. The parents also need charged for failing in their duty of care for their own daughter. MartinMo
  • Score: 4

3:34pm Fri 14 Mar 14

jmcc77 says...

I have never heard anything so ridiculous when you're saying this girl was not innocent. I can only assume that you people don't have children and don't understand how young girls are vulnerable and easily manipulated. Speaking from personal experience, I can only say that I hope you're never in the position of this little girls parents. Shame on you!!
I have never heard anything so ridiculous when you're saying this girl was not innocent. I can only assume that you people don't have children and don't understand how young girls are vulnerable and easily manipulated. Speaking from personal experience, I can only say that I hope you're never in the position of this little girls parents. Shame on you!! jmcc77
  • Score: 3

4:14pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Voice-of-reality says...

The girl, if the report is to be believed 'lied about her age', and took topless photos of herself. If she is so 'innocent' and naive why did she do this - they are hardly the actions of a shy and retiring type. That does not excuse the male (far from it) but parents need to wise up and realise that their 'precious little darlings' are not always the 'little angels' they pretend to be.
The girl, if the report is to be believed 'lied about her age', and took topless photos of herself. If she is so 'innocent' and naive why did she do this - they are hardly the actions of a shy and retiring type. That does not excuse the male (far from it) but parents need to wise up and realise that their 'precious little darlings' are not always the 'little angels' they pretend to be. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 3

8:19pm Fri 14 Mar 14

jmcc77 says...

The views of you people are unbelievable!! If a young girl is suffering from low self esteem and gets a bit of attention from someone, of course she is going to go with the flow. He is an adult, she is a little girl who has been manipulated into her actions. I'm 100% certain that when she agreed to meet him, she did not expect to be raped by him! Apart from anything else that's happened to her, she is now going to be emotionally damaged for the rest of her life.
I work with children suffering from the same emotional termoil as she will be experiencing and I can safely say that these children certainly are not at fault, adults are to blame and by that I don't mean the parents as they are the victims in this too. It will take a lot of work for this family to rebuild their lives.
The views of you people are unbelievable!! If a young girl is suffering from low self esteem and gets a bit of attention from someone, of course she is going to go with the flow. He is an adult, she is a little girl who has been manipulated into her actions. I'm 100% certain that when she agreed to meet him, she did not expect to be raped by him! Apart from anything else that's happened to her, she is now going to be emotionally damaged for the rest of her life. I work with children suffering from the same emotional termoil as she will be experiencing and I can safely say that these children certainly are not at fault, adults are to blame and by that I don't mean the parents as they are the victims in this too. It will take a lot of work for this family to rebuild their lives. jmcc77
  • Score: 2

10:25pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Robert_ says...

"seeking a potential partner for a “final fling” before settling down with his long-term girlfriend - who was expecting their first child."

What a fine husband and father he would turn out to be...
"seeking a potential partner for a “final fling” before settling down with his long-term girlfriend - who was expecting their first child." What a fine husband and father he would turn out to be... Robert_
  • Score: 6

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