Man who engaged in sexual activity with a school boy sentenced to five years Date published: 3rd May 2017 12.43pm

A man who engaged in sexual activity with a school boy after contacting him on social media is beginning a five year sentence behind bars.

Douglas Roscoe, aged 69, from Leyfield Court in Chester, previously pleaded guilty to two counts of engaging a child in sexual activity.

Chester Crown Court heard how the victim, aged 14 at the time, was contacted by Roscoe in November last year after he sent him a Facebook friend request purporting to be 16-year-old boy.

After a week of talking to the victim, Roscoe asked to meet him in Lache on a Sunday morning. During this time Roscoe took the young boy to his flat and subjected him to two counts of sexual activity.

Weeks later the 14-year-old disclosed what had happened to him, and the following day, officers arrested Roscoe.

Detective Constable, Peta Ticer, of Chester Local Policing Unit, said: "First, I want to recognise the courage and bravery of the victim who came forward despite such a terrifying ordeal. He has not only helped put this despicable man behind bars but has prevented him from abusing other children. 

"He has no understanding or remorse for the long term mental and physical harm he has put on this child for his own gratification. 

"I only hope his sentence and the knowledge that he is no longer a danger to society goes some way in helping the victim through his recovery."