A Dunedin man who falsified his Facebook profile to contact a
teenage boy for sex offending has been jailed for three years
and warned preventive detention was a possibility for any
Glen Anthony Douglas (22) had admitted two charges of having
sexual connection with the 13-year-old victim in June and
July last year. At sentencing in the Dunedin District Court
yesterday, Judge Michael Crosbie said the defendant's
behaviour towards the boy had been ''predatory and entirely
While the victim had been willing to go along with him, the
fact remained the charge of having sexual connection with a
young person existed to give statutory protection to
vulnerable young people and protect their innocence.
''It doesn't matter whether the young person says yes - but
you chose to ignore that,'' the judge said.
The summary of facts from Crown counsel Craig Power said
Douglas and the boy had known each other for some time and
their mothers were concerned about the nature of their
relationship and its potential, given the defendant's
history. Both mothers had previously warned the boy to stay
away from the defendant because of his sexual proclivities.
Because of the level of the boy's mother's concern, she
ensured her son's Facebook profile had blocked Douglas so he
could not make contact. But Douglas created a pseudo Facebook
name and managed to contact the boy through the new profile.
The boy was aware of the defendant's identity, despite the
false details, and willingly began to engage in conversation
with him, the summary said.
Early last June, Douglas used Facebook to arrange to meet the
boy so they could have sex, which they did between June 7 and
9 behind the garage at the boy's home. Between July 1 and 31,
they again arranged to meet for sex, meeting at a park. When
the two mothers found the defendant's new profile they again
They did not know physical meetings had been taking place.
Douglas then changed his Facebook profile again. But on
August 30, the boy's mother became suspicious about who her
son was communicating with and she remotely monitored the
Facebook conversation. She identified Douglas and immediately
went to his address and confronted him.
Crown and defence counsel agreed the offending had clearly
had a significant effect on the victim and his family. The
sentence recommendation was for treatment at a special unit
as part of a prison sentence. Douglas was assessed at high
risk - ''Quite rightly, given his past offending'', Mr Power
And defence counsel Campbell Savage said it was clear the
defendant was going to receive a prison sentence and would
not be released without a report from the treatment
Judge Crosbie said he wanted Douglas to start treatment
before sentence so he would not be put at risk of coming
before the Parole Board without having completed the course.
The psychological report provided to the court set out the
defendant's background, including a history of entirely
inappropriate sexual behaviour from a young age.
Douglas was potentially at high risk of sexual reoffending
against young males and had shown capacity and willingness to
engage repeatedly in penetrative acts of sex with young males
if given the opportunity, the report said. It described him
as having a limited understanding of the negative impacts of
The best thing about the report was its recommendation that
Douglas be referred to a special treatment unit for sexual
offenders, the judge said. Aggravating features of the
offending were that there was more than one act, Douglas had
previously been warned off and his activities involved
elements of deception, pre-meditation and abuse of trust.
The defendant had been convicted in 2009 for similar
offending from 2006 and was given a sentence of intensive
supervision involving contact with the STOP programme.