July 2017

Doncaster man jailed for child sex offences after lying about his age online

A man who lied about his age online to groom a 13-year-old boy for sex – before sending gifts to the child’s home – has been jailed for ten sexual offences.

John Nicolson, 23, was handed a sentence of four years and four months at Sheffield Crown Court.

He pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual activity with a child, two counts of causing a child to watch a sexual act, two counts of possession of indecent photographs of a child and one count of disclosing a private sexual photograph with intent at an earlier hearing.

Officers launched an investigation after concerns were raised by the parents of a 13-year-old boy about Nicolson’s inappropriate behaviour towards him.

South Yorkshire Police said that Nicolson had been using social media pages and an online dating app for more than three months to develop a relationship with the 13-year-old, lying about his own age and claiming he was 16-years-old.

He met up with the boy on several different occasions in Doncaster and sent presents – which police say expressed his feelings toward him – to the boy’s home.

Officers arrested Nicolson at his home address in February and later charged him with the offences.

Nicolson, of Gargrave Close, Doncaster, was sentenced on Friday.