A CONVICTED sex offender has been jailed for a second time after being caught messaging a 12-year-old girl.

Michael Meyer was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court on Monday (April 8) after he was caught messaging a child, asking her to show him her body.

The 44-year-old was first jailed in 2017 at Northampton Crown Court for possession of indecent images of children, extreme pornography, and voyeurism after he was caught filming a young girl in the shower.

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Meyer, of Norman Avenue, Abingdon, appeared in court on Monday charged with attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child, failing to comply with notification requirements, and breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).

Sentencing him to 17 months imprisonment, Judge Maria Lamb said: “In 2017 you were sentenced for offences of a serious nature.

"It was a conviction for a series of offences which were sufficiently serious that they warranted a custodial sentence of some length.

“It’s quite evident that, although you underwent a course to prevent further offending, it has not been successful.”

The judge added it would be ‘laughable’ to suggest there was a realistic prospect of rehabilitation as a result.

Opening the case, barrister Bethan Chichester said that between September 2023 and February 2024, Meyer was caught using the Telegram app to message a young girl.

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Efforts were made to contact the girl but no real child could be identified. Messages were exchanged with the account from Meyer who asked the girl if she ‘had a nice bum’ and asked her to show her body to him.

Meyer was also found in possession of 10 bank cards that he had not registered with police which he was required to do so due to an order put in place when he was first jailed in 2017.

The defendant was interviewed by police in which he admitted to talking to the account because he was depressed due to the death of his mother.

He added that he believed the girl to be over the age of 16.

He added that he had not registered the bank cards because he was ‘busy’ working as an HGV driver.

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Defending Meyer, his barrister said the offender is ‘sorry’ and ‘is ashamed’ about what he’s done.

It was heard he is ‘low-risk’ of reoffending but ‘still a danger’ to children.

Concluding, Judge Lamb added: “You have no strong mitigation, that you felt depressed and committed this offending is not, in my view, strong mitigation.

“These orders are here for the protection of children and the vulnerable.”