January 2017

Child groomer weeps in court as he is warned he faces jail

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A Skelmersdale man has admitted trying to incite an under-age girl into sexual activity.

24-year-old Samuel Brown had been due to face trial on Monday but after he pleaded guilty to three of the five charges he faced the other two similar alleged offences were dropped.

Brown, who was walking with a stick, admitted three offences of causing or inciting a girl when she was aged 14 or 15 to engage in sexual activity between March 1 and December 19, 2015.

Andrew Ford, prosecuting, said that the offences involved him sending Facebook messages to the school girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, during a course of conduct lasting about eight months.

Liverpool Crown Court heard Brown, of Burncroft, Skelmersdale, has no previous convictions and is a family man whose partner gave birth to a child last week.

He wiped away tears when Judge Clement Goldstone, QC, the Recorder of Liverpool, warned him, “The offences to which you have pleaded guilty carry substantial sentences of imprisonment.”

He further remanded him on bail to await sentence next Monday and ordered him in the interim to sign on the Sex Offenders Register.