A MAN has been given a community order after sending sexual messages to a 13-year-old girl.

Andrew Wright, of Hylton Road, Worcester, sent messages to the teenager talking about being in bed with her and touching her under her clothing.

The 58-year-old was told to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work by magistrates at Worcester Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.

The messages were sent on Sunday, January 17 2021.

The community order must be completed in 12 months and he must also register with police for five years.

His guilty plea was taken into account.

Wright was also made subject to a sexual harm prevention order which lasts until April 11, 2029 which prohibits him from a number of activities including using a device capable of accessing the internet unless he fulfils one of several criteria.

He also cannot have unsupervised contact with any child under 16 except in certain circumstances and cannot live in the same house as a child aged under 16 unless with written approval of social services.

Wright was also ordered to pay court costs of £185 and a victim surcharge of £95 by Friday, May 10.