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Monday, 24 November 2014

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'Inadequate' man jailed by Carlisle court for child sex crimes

An “inadequate” man who admitted four child sex offences has been jailed.

Carlisle Crown Court heard Thomas Young, 24, of Jackson Street, Seaton, Workington, had contacted four girls aged from 12 to 15 through a social networking site.

Giving himself the nickname ‘Chewy’, he took part in explicit conversations with them, telling a 12-year-old victim that he would like to have sex with her.

Young, who was described by his barrister as “a somewhat inadequate individual”, shook his head throughout proceedings, putting his hand over his eyes. Judge Paul Batty QC said: “The circumstances surrounding these offences are, to right-thinking people, shocking.

“You told police you had pictures of your [genitalia] on your phone and you denied showing them to anyone, but of that there must be great doubt.

“There are a number of aggravating features including a significant degree of planning and the considerable disparity in age between you and those children.”

Young had pleaded guilty to one charge of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and three charges of attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

The sentencing had been adjourned to allow the impact of his crimes to be investigated, but three victims could not be tracked down and one refused to co-operate with police.

The court heard that Young has since married but his crimes have caused the relationship to break down. David Wales, for Young, said: “The picture that becomes clear is of a young man who is not as able as others are to deal with stresses in his personal life.

“He is a person with extremely low self-esteem and has difficulty with his relationships.

“He was married in August but unfortunately prior to that he committed these offences and his wife has left him. He hopes that he and his wife may be able to resume his relationship.”

Young was given four concurrent 16-month prison sentences and put on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

He was also banned from using anything which can connect to the internet that does not have monitoring equipment installed.

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