June 2016

Former soldier got schoolgirl drunk and tried to ply her with nitrous oxide

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An ex-servicemen got a schoolgirl drunk then tried to ply her with relaxant gas before having sex with her.

Shaun Johnston, who groomed the girl before having unprotected sex with her at The Blue Bell Hotel in Acklam , Middlesbrough, has now been caged for almost nine years.

He took photos of her naked, later trying to persuade her to engage in pornography and have sex with an acquaintance of his called ‘Craig’.

The perverted predator also tried to involve her schoolgirl friend , Teesside Crown Court heard.

Johnston, who was 29 at the time and almost twice the age of his victim, sent her a friend request on Facebook in December last year and they communicated over a 24-hour period.

The former soldier from Middlesbrough persuaded her to meet him, asking her to wear high heels so to appear older, the court was told today.

And, on December 27, they met at nearby shops where the girl told Johnston her age.

Despite this Johnston told her to go to the hotel, but made deliberate arrangements to go separately to avoid suspicion from staff.

Johnston took two litres of vodka and tried to persuade the girl to inhale nitrous oxide, a relaxant gas known as “hippy crack”.

She refused but Johnston took the gas himself and momentarily passed out, the court heard.

Johnston later turned his attention to one of her school friends who he believed to be 15, but was actually 16.

It was the prosecution’s case that Johnston “wanted to engage in simultaneous sexual activity with both girls”.

He tried to persuade the victim to lure her friend to the hotel room under false pretences but she refused.

And despite his efforts the school friend never met Johnston – but was responsible for his downfall.

During a video phone conversation, the 16-year-old girl saw that her friend was naked in a hotel room with Johnston.

Concerned, she told her sister and mother who phoned the police. Officers attended the hotel and found the girl naked in the bed.

Johnston, 30, of Toronto Crescent, Longlands, Middlesbrough, pleaded guilty to nine charges including sexual activity with a child, taking indecent pictures of a child, inciting child exploitation, inciting a child to be involved with sexual activity and attempting to facilitate the commitment of a child sex offence.

A statement from the victim’s father, said the schoolgirl used to be a “happy, bubbly girl, but now she is withdrawn”.

“It’s like she’s living in her own bubble, isolated from her friends,” he said.

He added she had been “petrified” that Johnston would be freed.

Johnston had served with the Royal Dragoon Guards for six years based in Germany

His grandparents, for whom he had been carer, said he was remorseful on their visits to prison where he spent the last five months leading up to today’s sentencing.

He had “problems with both drugs and alcohol” and this contributed to his “failure to observe boundaries”.

The court also heard he had a history of violence towards women and was on a suspended sentence order for battery when he committed the child sex offences between December 26 last year and January 3.

Judge Simon Phillips QC said Johnston was “a predatory paedophile who had preyed on a vulnerable female” and “set out to exploit other 15-year-old girls”.

He jailed him for eight years and nine months and ordered him to be on the sex offenders register indefinitely.

Johnston was also made the subject of an indefenite sexual harm prevention order.

June 2016

Sexual predator lures 15-year-old schoolgirl to his hotel room using Facebook

A sexual predator used Facebook to groom a 15-year-old schoolgirl for sex in his hotel room, a court heard.

Former soldier Shaun Johnston plied the girl with alcohol before having sex with her at The Blue Bell Hotel in Acklam, Middlesbrough – after she admitted her age.

Johnston, who was 29 at the time, then took pictures of her semi-naked “in a sexual pose”,Teesside Crown Court heard, and told her they “could make lots of money”.

Christine Egerton, prosecuting, said Johnston told the girl “he would treat her like a princess and shower her with gifts”.

The defendant sent his victim a friend request on Facebook and they communicated “a number of times by Facebook and text in a 24-hour period,” said Miss Egerton.

“They initially deceived each other as to their respective ages,” and the two agreed to meet and go to The Blue Bell.

It was in the car on the way to the hotel in December last year that the girl told him she was 15.

She later said in interview it was her first sexual experience.

Johnston then turned his attention to one of her school friends who he believed to be 15, but was actually 16.

It was the prosecution’s case that Johnston “wanted to engage in simultaneous sexual activity with both girls”.

Despite his efforts the school friend never met Johnston – but was responsible for his downfall.

During a video phone conversation, the 16-year-old girl saw that her friend was naked in a hotel room with Johnston.

Concerned she told her sister who phoned the police.

The defendant was arrested in his boxer shorts at the hotel. He initially told police he thought the girl was 16.

Johnston, 30, of Toronto Crescent, Longlands, Middlesbrough , pleaded guilty to nine charges including sexual activity with a child, taking indecent pictures of a child, inciting child exploitation, inciting a child to be involved with sexual activity and attempting to facilitate the commitment of a child sex offence.

In a statement, the 16-year-old girl said she “had spent the last five months thinking Shaun would get out and come to my house or get a friend to attack me.”

Her mother said: “I believe Johnston is a filthy pervert who deserves a long sentence to protect other girls and send a warning to other predators who might be lurking.

“Grooming schoolgirls is disgusting.”

Johnston served with the Royal Dragoon Guards for six years and was based in Germany

The court heard how Johnston had no previous convictions of a sexual nature but had been in court previously over “violence towards former partners.”

Johnston will be sentenced next week.