Sex offender James Howes given community order

29-year-old James Howes, from Longtown in Cumbria, repeatedly messaged the young girl on Facebook saying he was lonely and wanted company and wished she was older. At Carlisle Crown Court he was sentenced to a three year community order and a three year supervision order

Howes was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court Credit: ITV Border

Howes, 29, from Albert Street in Longtown, admitted the offences, which occurred in July of 2011. He was also ordered to attend a sexual offenders programme for three years and 100 hours community service.

He has been banned from working with children and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for five years.