Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 2°C

Search

Ipswich: Man sent indecent text to girl’s phone

13:21 12 November 2012

Man sent indecent text to girl

Man sent indecent text to girl's phone

Archant

A 15-year-old girl’s father today issued a warning to other parents after snaring a pervert who sent indecent messages to his daughter’s phone.

shares

Stephen Bean, formerly of Goldsmith Road, Ipswich, was also caught inviting the teenager to go round to his home when he was alone.

He was caught when the girl’s dad checked his daughter’s phone after noticing she had become withdrawn and had lost her appetite.

Bean pleaded guilty to sending indecent or obscene messages when he appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court.

The 46-year-old must now attend a sex offenders’ programme and will be supervised for 36 months as part of his three-year community order.

A restraining order is also in place to prevent him contacting the girl, who can not be identified due to legal reasons.

During his sentencing Bean, who now lives in Annandale Road, Hull, said: “I am ashamed of my actions and I regret what I did.”

After giving Bean his three-year community order, chairman of the bench Peter Foster told him: “You will also attend the Northumbria Sex Offenders’ Group Programme and you will be assessed during your time there.”

Bean was arrested after the teenager’s father noticed indecent messages had been sent to the girl’s phone by an adult male.

Although he accidentally deleted the first batch of messages, he discovered another one two days later.

The girl’s father said: “He had Facebook messaged her asking if she could come round, and put his address on it.

“I didn’t know what to do at first. Then I replied using her phone asking why, and that’s when he said he was on his own, so I stopped the conversation.”

He then contacted police who subsequently detained Bean.

The girl’s father advised other parents to ensure they know who their children are in contact with.

He said: “It’s a matter of keeping an eye on things and checking. I think if your child’s personality changes or they go a bit quiet, or are off their food, then people should just be aware.

“Just have a look at the messages they are sending or receiving, and also look in their deleted files.”

shares

0 comments

An artist's impression of the street scene at Wolsey Grange.

A rejected bid to create almost 500 homes on land near Ipswich is to be reconsidered – following allegations a district councillor was handed a note during the original hearing.


A trolley bus at the junction of Duke Street (right) and Fore Hamlet (behind the bus) in April 1963. (Photo by Alan Valentine).

It is more than 50 years since the last trolley bus service ran on the streets of Ipswich, writes David Kindred.

High water at Felixstowe Ferry. Archive image. Photo: Stephen Squirrell/citizenside.com

Flood alerts are in place tonight along the Essex and Suffolk coastline.

Jo Harris worked at the B&M store in Copdock until 2013, and despite being an employee there was issued two fines of £70 for parking.

A group of former employees at a store in Ipswich have been left distraught after car park fines mistakenly issued more than two years ago has left them facing a court appearance.

Two charged over cannabis factory

A78-year-old Ipswich man is one of two people to have been charged after police raided a cannabis factory near Stowmarket.

Bucklesham Grange care home, Ipswich celebrate shrove Tuesday with a pancake race and pancake tossing 
Debbie and John with Daniel rowark

Flipping good fun was had by all at Bucklesham Grange Care Home this afternoon as a range of games and activities were put on to mark Shrove Tuesday.

Local campaigners  gather in silent protest against the prospective development of rushmere memorial woodland and small holding

A site registered as an asset of community value last year faces losing the status already after a High Court battle against housing plans was rejected.

Northgate High School GV.

A former teacher at an Ipswich secondary school is to appear in court charged with alleged sex offences involving teenage girls.

Do you know where this church is?

Take a look at our selection of photos - how many Suffolk churches can you identify?

Share your pancake photos with us

Live news feed bringing you the latest headlines, sports stories and opinion from across Suffolk and north Essex.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24