August 2016

Brampton man jailed for sending sex messages to schoolgirl

A pervet who sent lewd sexual messages to a 14-year-old schoolgirl has been jailed for a year.

Tony Johnstone, 50, used social media to commit a crime which left his young victim distressed, upset and put off her studies.

Johnstone was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court having admitted causing or inciting a child aged under 16 to engage in sexual activity in December last year.

The court heard he had “groomed” the youngster during online contact which took place over almost two years.

Johnstone claimed to have been drunk when his offending behaviour occurred, and was described as “ashamed and embarrassed” by it.

Passing sentence, Judge Barbara Forrester told him: “I am satisfied in all the circumstances that it should be a period of immediate imprisonment.”

Johnstone, of Saint Martin’s Drive, Brampton, near Carlisle, must also sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years, and abide by the terms of a sexual harm prevention order for the same length of time.