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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