Man Accidentally Sexts Teenage Students on BlackBerry, Goes to Prison

A 24-year-old swimming coach faced a year and a half in prison due to being technologically illiterate.

Craig Evans sent a raunchy sext to his girlfriend via his brand new BlackBerry. Only he messed up and sent it not just to her, but to his entire contact list. 

That’s right, all of his friends—and his family—saw his dirty little invitation for sex. Including two young schoolgirls who were students of his. After that, life did not go so swimmingly.

The latter component of Evans’ incredibly embarrassing error triggered sex offence charges that led to jail time—all because of a simple mistype. He was jailed for 18 months in July for inciting two teenagers, aged 13 and 14, to engage in sexual activity, reports the Daily Mail.

According to the UK Newspaper, Evans’ lawyer this week told Birmingham Crown Court that his client’s “misguided use of his BlackBerry” made it “difficult to conclude that he was targeting anyone.” A judge, who admitted that “the facts of this case are rather unusual,” ultimately agreed with the lawyers, echoing their sentinment that he was “evidently misguided” in the use of his smartphone.

The sentence was reduced to nine months, suspended “given the unusual circumstances,” and Craig was freed.