Facebook creep to appeal jail time for sexting teens
A 52-YEAR-old Burringbar man is set to appeal a seven-year jail sentence handed to him last Friday, after he was found guilty of grooming teenage girls on the internet for sex.
Michael Anthony Aboud pleaded guilty to six offences in the Lismore District Court for using three Facebook aliases including "Zac A Takk", to groom several 14 and 15-year-old girls in 2011.
According to agreed facts, the restoration technician "employed flattery and bribery in attempts to illicit sexually explicit photographs of the girls for his gratification".
Aboud used the White Pages to find home numbers, and threatened to tell the girls' parents of their sexualised conversations, if they did not provide him with "sexy", "bikini" or "naughty pics".
Adopting the persona of a 25-year-old blonde, Aboud contacted one 14-year-old girl and said "I just seen your display pic so I had a little creep of your pics... your still friggen pretty as".
Aboud called the victim a "c**t, w**re" when she threatened to go to the police. Four other victims refused Aboud when he spammed them with sexualised content.
Aboud phoned a sixth victim at home, bribing her for two photos and offering her $500 a night in a motel with an "older friend".
Aboud bought phone credit for a seventh victim, who sent him two photographs from the waist up. After, he bribed her for explicit full frontal nude shots. Refusal led to threats to contact her parents and an offer of $200 for sex.
When she sent another 17 photos, Aboud responded with a photo of his penis and money for sex, stating "no 1 is gunno know".
Documents state the victim "threatened self harm if he did not stop".
On July 29, Aboud pleaded guilty to four counts of using a carriage service to groom for sex; one to procure child pornography and one to harass.
Judge L Wells sentenced Aboud to seven years' jail, with five years and three months non-parole. But defence lawyer Carl Edwards said the sentence was excessive.
"The penalty is manifestly unfair, taking into account he has no criminal record and police took four years to bring the matter to court, which was a punishment in itself," Mr Edwards said.
"He has attempted to organise sex with these young girls but at the end of the day he hasn't succeeded with any of them."