The Dangers of Text Messaging: Creepy Old Men
COACH IS SPARED JAIL OVER SEX TEXTS
A BASKETBALL coach who sent explicit texts to two underage girls has been spared jail.
Mark Appleton, 29, had already lost his job with the Newcastle Eagles for similar behaviour when he was collared again. Newcastle Crown Court heard how Appleton, who taught basketball at a South Shields comprehensive school, bombarded the girls with sex messages in October last year. Over a period of just three days, one of the youngsters received a total of 76 texts. Appleton was arrested when the father of one of the girls read a message he had sent and contacted the police. He admitted two charges of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. Prosecutor Amanda Rippon told the court how the torrent of messages included pictures of a man's private parts, which Appleton claimed were his, as well as graphic descriptions of sexual acts. Judge Beatrice Bolton sentenced him to a community order for three years, with a supervision requirement and sex offender treatment programme. He was disqualified from working with children for five years and must register as a sex offender for five years. Appleton, of Warwick Street, Sunderland, will be the subject of a sexual offences prevention order, banning him from having any contact with girls under 16. The judge said she was satisfied his behaviour towards the girls was based on fantasy, and would not have resulted in anything happening in reality. She told him: "It seems to me you really do need a lot of help to get yourself in a position where you stop thinking in terms of fantasy and thinking in terms of reality."
This is why I don't text message. The last thing I need to see while sitting around doing schoolwork is somebody's penis.