Judge Graham Hume-Jones ruled that banning Dower from the site would be ‘particularly excessive’, despite the fact that the 19-year-old had molested two of his victims.
Dower, from Queen Camel in Somerset, abused one of the boys in a supermarket toilet and another in his car in a car park, Taunton Crown Court heard.
He even posed as fictitious girls in a bid to get his targets to pass on naked pictures of themselves.
Pretending to be Georgina, Georgia, Georgie and Jade, Dower sent young boys images of naked girls in the hope that he would get naked pictures in return.
The homosexual was only found out when one of the young boys became suspicious that two pictures sent to him by ‘Georgina’ seemed to be of different girls.
Defence barrister Patrick Mason argued that Dower was an intelligent but ‘confused’ young man who had received good grades at college but had lost his job and chance to go to university because of his crimes.
The judge also said that the boys Dower had molested had consented to the activity, though both were underage.
Mr Mason suggested Dower’s actions were in some way normal.
He added: ‘His offences in some respects are no different to those which other young people get up to over their mobile phones and on social networking sites.
‘He is in the habit of meeting young people who share his sexual preferences and asking them for pictures.
‘As it happens, he didn’t know that the age of consent in asking for (sexual) photographs is 18.’
Dower was 17 and 18 when he made his advances on boys aged just 14 and 15.
He was sentenced to a three-year community order for child sex and pornography offences, though he had previously been warned by police about his affection for teenage boys.
He admitted six charges of making an indecent image of a child, five charges of causing or inciting a child to take part in pornography, and two charges of sexual activity with a child.
Judge Jones banned Dower from working with children, ordered him to sign the sex offenders’ register for five years and ordered him to be electronically tagged and placed under a 12-hour overnight curfew for the next three months.
He told the teenager he was a ‘sexual bully’ had been ‘extremely manipulative’ in order to satisfy his sexual needs.
‘You are in great danger if you continue in this way of going to prison, and you will be a marked man for the rest of your life,’ the judge added.
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