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Friday, 22 August 2014

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Cumbrian man warned he faces jail for child sex offences

A man who admitted four child sex offences has been warned he faces a possible jail sentence.

Thomas Young, 25, of Jackson Street, Seaton, Workington, pleaded guilty at Carlisle Crown Court to four counts of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

Three of his victims were aged 15 and the fourth was just 12 at the time of the offence, the court was told.

In court yesterday, Young spoke only to confirm his name and to enter his pleas.

Adjourning the case for reports, Judge Paul Batty QC told Young that he must sign the Sex Offenders’ Register. How long his name will remain on it will be determined by the length of his sentence.

The judge added: “These are serious matters you have admitted and the court is bound to consider a custodial sentence.”

The judge granted bail on two conditions: the first that Young must have no unsupervised access to any child; and the second that he must reside at his current address in Workington until the day he is sentenced by the court.

No further details of the offences were given in court, other than the defendant’s admission that he was hoping to have sexual intercourse with one of the girls.

Young will be sentenced towards the end of next month. He was represented in court by defence advocate David Wales.

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