September 2016

Man Jailed For Grooming Boys


A man who groomed two schoolboys before sexually abusing them has been jailed for four years.

Ricky Loppas, of Chieftain Way, Cambridge, was sentenced after previously pleading guilty to two counts of sexual activity with a child under 16 and one count of supplying controlled Class B drugs.

Prosecutor Hugh Vass told Cambridge Crown Court that Loppas, 47, supplied the boys with alcohol, tobacco and cannabis before offering them back massages.

This progressed to him touching them sexually.

The alarm was raised when the mother of one of the victims found out what was happening. Loppas was arrested and taken to Huntingdon police station.

Mark Shelley, mitigating, asked that the defendant be given credit for his guilty plea.

He said: “He is a hard-working man. For him now to be going to prison on a conviction for sexual offences is very hard for him to bear.”

However Judge Jonathan Haworth rejected calls for Loppas’s sentence to be suspended. He said the seriousness of the offences meant only immediate custody was appropriate.

He said: “You were grooming them in the classic sense for sexual abuse. Fortunately word got back to the mother of one of them and it was brought to an abrupt end. Without that intervention this could have been a lot worse.”

Judge Haworth added the “significant disparity” in age between Loppas and his victims made his offending more serious.

Loppas was handed four years for each of the two sexual activity counts and 12 months for the supply of Class B drugs. These will be served concurrently.

He was also made subject to a sexual harm intervention order for 10 years and a restraining order was imposed to prevent Loppas from contacting either of his victims.