Man jailed for sending accidental text message to underage girls

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By: Devansh Dutt 

(Scroll down for video) A man ended up in jail after accidentally hitting the wrong button on his cellphone, according to court proceedings.

Every person has once sent a text message to the wrong person at some point in their life. Sometimes it can be very embarrassing.

When 24-year-old swimming coach, Craig Evans, accidentally sent a sexually explicit message to his entire BlackBerry address book, including some underage girls, he thought that it was just embarrassing. Little did he know that this stupid mistake will send him to prison.

Evans was trying to seduce his girlfriend through text messages, asking her if she was interested in skin to skin sex. That's not a crime, but sending the same text to 13 and 14-year-old girls, is. He was arrested in the U.K. and charged with "causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity." He was eventually sentenced to 18 months in prison.

If you think that the sentence seems harsh for a crime that happened by mistake, it turns out that a British judge agreed. This week, Judge Elias stated that "The messages were sent to each contact in the phone, including members of his own family.

The fact that it was obviously repeated shows that the defendant didn’t know how to use his BlackBerry. It is difficult to conclude that it was directed at underage girls."

Due to the nature of involuntary offense, Judge Evans reduced the sentence and released him from prison.