A school adviser has been banned from working with children after he made a sexual proposition an underage girl over Facebook.
Robin Toy, aged 29, was due to compete against the victim in a sporting contest and wrote a message to her in which he suggested the winner should receive a sex act as a prize.
He had already sent the girl unwanted texts and messages in which he told her he had been dreaming about her, Exeter Crown Court was told.
Toy runs his own information technology company in Devon and had acted as a consultant for at least one local school but has now been banned from working with children.
He claimed the Facebook exchange had been an innocent piece of banter which had gone too far and has always denied having a sexual interest in the girl.
He had only been married for a few weeks when he sent the messages to the girl.
Amateur sports coach Toy, of Courtney Road, Tiverton, admitted inciting a year under the age of 16 to engage in sexual activity between October 1 and 7 last year.
He was ordered to attend a sex offender’s course as part of two years supervision, pay £2,560 costs, register as a sex offender for five years, and be barred from working with children. He is also subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) which restricts his contact with those under 16.
Judge Erik Salomonsen told him:”You are a man of good character who has shown remorse and have read letters from those who know you and a particularly moving one from your wife.
“I have taken into account the fact you will be under a SOPO and on the sex offenders' register and automatically barred from working with children.”
Mr Adrian Chaplin, prosecuting, said Toy met the girl through a sports club and had already sent her text and Facebook messages which had upset her and which she deleted.
These included one sent in the middle of the night saying he had been dreaming of her.
Mr Chaplin said:”He was prepared to speak to her at a time when he knew her age in a manner which was sexually suggestive and encouraging of sexual activity.”
He sent further Facebook messages when he and the girl were due to face each other in a sporting contest and he suggested a list of possible prizes for the winner, one of was oral sex and another was sex.
The girl replied by saying she did not want any further contact with him and he apologised.
Mr Chaplin said:”It seems the defendant married in August but was keen to keep up contact with the girl in a way which, perhaps not surprisingly, his wife was not in a position to know about.
“In interview he said it was all banter and a joke. Our case is that it was an incitement to sexual activity with a girl he knew to be under 16.”
Miss Sarah Hornblower (correct), defending, said Toy is remorseful and had been so upset by being interviewed about the offence he suffered depression and attempted suicide.
She said he understood the seriousness of what he had done, and was keen to work with the probation service to address his behaviour.
She said he ran his own business and employed an apprentice who would lose their job if he was jailed.