October 2017

Pervert set for jail for luring schoolgirls on Instagram 

A pervert who posed as a boy to schoolgirls online has been cleared of five sex offences.

Kurtis Randall, 22, still awaits sentence on a catalogue of other sex crimes against two girls, which he has already admitted.

He had pleaded not guilty to five charges which the Crown Prosecution Service has now decided not to pursue.

Prosecutor Shaun Dodds said the evidence had been reviewed in that case, which concerned two girls.

For one complainant, he said: “The prosecution were unable to reach the required standard of establishing a link between this defendant and this girl by way of communication.”

He said the other complainant “has some personal problems”.

“My instructions are to offer no evidence on all five counts,” added Mr Dodds.

Judge Stephen Ashurst formally acquitted Randall of the five charges.

Randall, formerly of Whinney Banks, Middlesbrough but whose address was recorded in court as Holme House Prison, is still waiting to learn his fate on 13 other offences.

He may face an extended prison sentence if he is assessed as a dangerous offender after admitting the string of sex crimes in May.

He posed as a 16-year-old on social media and persuaded a 15-year-old girl to send him naked pictures of herself.

When she tried to end the link-up he threatened to send the pictures to all of her friends, then went ahead anyway and posted them on a site.

The second girl was a vulnerable 15-year-old when he contacted her on Instagram under a false identity and paid her £60 for a sex act in a car.

He had a hoard of indecent images of children on his computer when he was tracked down and arrested.

He admitted blackmail by making unwarranted demands for indecent images with menaces.

He also pleaded guilty to causing a child to engage in sexual activity, sexual activity with and in the presence of a child, causing a child to watch a sexual act, meeting a child after sexual grooming, obtaining the sexual services of a child and possessing indecent images of children.

In May, Judge Howard Crowson said he wanted information on how the offences affected the two girls.

He also wanted probation officers to interview Randall again in prison to give their view on his dangerousness.

He said he received a letter from Randall’s mother detailing aspects of his life which might have contributed to his behaviour.

He told Randall: “You will receive a prison sentence and it will have to be decided how long it should be.”

May 2017

Judge to decide jail term for pervert who posed as teen to schoolgirls on the internet

A pervert who posed as a teen to schoolgirls on the internet is to be assessed for dangerousness to decide if he should be given an extended prison sentence.

Kurtis Randall, 21, from Middlesbrough, posed as a 16-year-old on social media and persuaded a girl of 15 to send him naked snaps of herself

Later when he admitted he was 20-years-old, the girl tried to end the link-up but he threatened to send the pictures to all of her friends.

He went ahead anyway and he posted them on a site.

The second girl was a vulnerable 15-year-old when he contacted her on Instagram under a false identity, and he paid her £60 for a sex act in a car in South Bank.

When Randall was tracked down and arrested by Cleveland Police he had a hoard of indecent images of children on his computer.

He appeared at Teesside Crown Court on Friday over a video-link from Holme House prison in Stockton, and admitted 13 offences involving both girls.

Prosecutor Shaun Dodds told the judge that a date had been agreed for sentencing Randall on June 16.

Judge Howard Crowson told Randall that he had received a letter from Randall’s mother detailing aspects of his life that might have contributed to his behaviour.

The judge said that he wanted information on how the offences had affected the two girls.

Randall, of Greenland Avenue, Middlesbrough, pleaded guilty to blackmail by making unwarranted demands for indecent images with menaces.

He also admitted two charges of causing a child to engage in sexual activity, and two of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, and three charges of possessing indecent images of children including some at its most serious level.

With the second girl he admitted causing a child to watch a sexual act, meeting a child after sexual grooming, obtaining the sexual services of a child, sexual activity with a child and causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

The judge said that he had a pre-sentence report on Randall but he wanted probation officers to interview him again in prison to give their view on his dangerousness.

The judge told Randall: “Although I am adjourning this you will receive a prison sentence and it will have to be decided how long it should be.”

He told Randall that he will have to sign the Sex Offender’s Register.

 

 

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