April 2017

Schoolgirl groomed by sex offender

A schoolgirl who was groomed by a convicted sex offender spotted her on a Scunthorpe street while she was in her uniform and doing a school project.

Sexual activity later took placewhich involved kisses and love bites, a court heard.

Luke Sweeting, 20, of no fixed address, admitted two offences of breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

Brian Outhwaite, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that the seven-year order was made by Hull Magistrates’ Court on May 29, 2015.

Sweeting met a schoolgirl on Scunthorpe High Street while she was in her uniform and with her classmates on a school assignment.

They looked at each other and she giggled. The next day, she was with her friends on High Street again and he approached her and asked her if she was the same girl.

She was 15-and-a-half at the time and they talked for about six hours.

The relationship took place between November 30 and December 31.

He moved away and the girl again saw him. They agreed to give their relationship a second chance.

Between March 16 and 22, they met in Sheffield Park, kissed and gave each other love bites on the neck.

The police received information about Sweeting’s behaviour with teenagers and spoke to the girl’s mother.

Sweeting had previously breached the order by failing to notify a change of address and failing to register an alias name he used online.

David Godfrey, mitigating, said there was no sexual contact, although there was some kissing.

“He knew she was under 16,” said Mr Godfrey.

Sweeting had been in care since the age of 14 and had lived in hostels ever since.

“At some point, the penny is going to have to drop in relation to the order hanging over him,” said Mr Godfrey.

Sweeting had been locked up for six months last year and his decision-making was “very, very poor”.

Judge Mark Bury said the second offence, in particular, was a “flagrant” breach of the order.

“These orders do have teeth and, if you breach them, you will go to prison,” he said.

Sweeting was jailed for 16 months and must register as a sex offender for ten years.

October 2016

Convicted sex offender caught with children despite ban

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A Hull man could be fitted with a tag police use to monitor terrorists after repeatedly failing to adhere to court orders.

Luke Sweeting, 19, was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (Sopo) in April 2012, after he admitted sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.

Despite the order banning him from having contact with children under 16, Sweeting was caught exchanging indecent images with another 12-year-old girl on the internet, along with four other breaches.

Sweeting’s latest breaches happened in June and August when he was found to be in the company of young children, Hull Crown Court heard.

Prosecuting Stephen Welch said: “On June 18, he was at the home of a friend’s between 3pm and midnight

“During that time, two children under the age of 16 were present, two three-year-olds.

“His friend confirmed the defendant had been there to police and was playing with the children.”

The court heard how Sweeting, of Westbourne Avenue, west Hull, was also in the company of two boys, aged 15 and 12, on August 20.

Mr Welch said: “CCTV footage showed the defendant interacting with the young boys, dancing and talking.

“The defendant claimed they had followed him, despite him telling them robustly not to. This is not accepted by the Crown.”

Mr Welch said there were various steps the court could take to ensure Sweeting adheres to his order, including being fitted with an electronic tag which police have previously used to monitor terrorist suspects.

Sweeting pleaded guilty to two breaches of his Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

In mitigation, Dale Brook said Sweeting was still a “very young man” and “great care” needed to be taken.

Judge Paul Watson QC adjourned the case for a psychological report to be drawn up on Sweeting.

The judge said: “I am adjourning your case as I need more up-to-date information about you.

“It seems to me that when I am dealing with someone your age for offences which mean I may have to impose a custodial sentence, care must be taken.”

Sweeting will be sentenced on October 28.

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