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Experts criticise the sentencing of man who tried to seduce an 11 year old girl through Facebook.

James Peter Howes outside Carlisle Crown Court Photo: ITV Border

29-year-old James Howes, from Longtown in Cumbria, repeatedly messaged the young girl saying he was lonely and wanted company and wished she was older. At Carlisle Crown Court he was given a three year community order, was ordered to attend a sex offenders rehabilitation programme and was banned from contacting the victim.

But Abigail Finnegan from the Cumbrian charity, Safety Net, which works with the victims of sex abuse, says the sentence doesn't reflect the gravity of the crime.

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