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Man jailed for text messages asking girl (15) for sex

A 47-year-old man who tried to persuade a 15-year-old girl to have sex with him has been jailed after the youngster bravely reported the crime to us.

James Timmons began talking to the girl on a bus, and even though she told him she was only aged 15, he persisted and dialled his mobile from the girl's phone - meaning he had her number stored in his phone.

James Timmons
Convicted - James Timmons

Later that evening on 30 January, he started messaging her about meeting up to have 'no strings attached fun'.

She again told him she was just 15 - a message which officers later found had been deleted from Timmons' phone.

His messages continued until the girl decided to get in contact with us and spoke to specialist officers from our Public Protection Unit. 

They offered her support and launched an investigation with Timmons being arrested later the same day.

Timmons, of Rotton Park Road, Edgbaston, was sentenced on 13 May to a 12-month jail term after being convicted at Birmingham Crown Court of inciting a girl aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity.

He was also placed under a sexual harm prevention order and put on the sex offenders' register for 10 years.

DC Nicky Simms, from our Public Protection Unit, said: “We must commend this young girl for her bravery in coming to us and telling us what happened.

"This case does show that even though there was no physical contact a crime was still committed and we will always do all we can to take action and safeguard our youngsters."

For further support, advice and information visit https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/your-options/child-sexual-abuse

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