June 2017

Man asked underage girl for sex on Snapchat 

A teenager who asked an underage schoolgirl for sex and explicit pictures on Snapchat has kept his freedom as a judge decided he was not a predatory paedophile.

Nathan Thompson-Lambert was 18 when he tried more than 20 times to persuade a teenage girl to have sex with him as they chatted on social media.

He offered to pick her up in a taxi and pay for sex with her, Teesside Crown Court heard today.

He sent her explicit pictures of himself – once saying “all this could be yours” – and encouraged her on six occasions to do the same.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told him her age, said prosecutor Robin Turton.

Her mother found sexually explicit messages on her phone in March 2015, leading to his arrest. There was never any physical contact.

He claimed he did not remember sexual conversations when interviewed by police, and denied having a sexual interest in children.

Thompson-Lambert, now 20, of Langdale Crescent, Grangetown, admitted six charges, his first criminal conviction.

They were two offences of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, two of arranging or facilitating a child sex offence, one of causing or inciting child sexual exploitation and one of possessing an indecent image of a child.

The judge passed a one-year detention sentence suspended for two years with 20 days’ rehabilitation activity and £400 costs.

Thompson-Lambert will be on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.