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January 2015

Convicted sex offender used alias on social media


A convicted sex offender admitted using an alias without notifying police on social media sites Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.

Stephen Luca James, aged 26, of Highcliffe Road, Grantham pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to comply with the notification requirements of the sex offenders’ register since May 5, 2010.

Prosecutor Tracey Ross explained that James did notify police that he had changed his name by deed poll from Stephen James Curran.

However, he did not inform them that he was using the name Luca James on Facebook and Twitter, and the name Luca James Sparks on Flickr.

In his defence, Stuart Wild said that these accounts had existed at the time of the defendant’s conviction on May 4, 2010, for which he received 15 months’ imprisonment and was put on the sex offenders’ register.

Mr Wild said no offences had been committed using these accounts, and that police had seized the computers of James and his family in August 2012 and not returned them for 13 months.

Magistrates adjourned the case until January 26 so that a pre-sentence report can be prepared on James, who remains on unconditional bail.

May 2010

Jailed after targeting girl

A supermarket worker who pursued a schoolgirl for sex on social networking site Bebo was caught after her horrified mum discovered explicit text messages.

Stephen Curran, 21, sent a string of explicit messages to the 13-year-old.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said officers seized Curran’s computer and found he had downloaded 11 child porn videos.

Curran of Highcliffe Road, Grantham, admitted two charges of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, two charges of making indecent images of children and a charge of possession of indecent images of children.

He was jailed for 15 months and placed on the sex offenders’ register for seven years.