December 2017

Man admits sex offences against a girl on Facebook who didn’t exist

A man has admitted five sex offences against a girl on Facebook who did not exist.

James Hitch,27, from Stockton, was charged after he made repeated approaches to the virtual youngster during last summer.

He pleaded guilty at Teesside Crown Court on Friday when it was said he had moved out of his home since his arrest by police.

Amrit Jandoo, defending, applied for an adjournment for a pre-sentence report adding: “There is a medical history within the family.”

Hitch, formerly of Brentford Road, Stockton, and now living in Spennymoor, County Durham, pleaded guilty to attempting to groom a child, attempting to engage in sex with a girl, attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act and two charges of attempting to cause a child to engage in sexual activity.

The offences were all said to have been committed on dates before August 17.

He was remanded on bail for reports by a probation officer before sentence on January 19.

Judge Sean Morris told Hitch, who he registered as a sex offender before leaving court: “Don’t read into this any indication what the sentence is going to be.

“All sentencing options including custody remain open.”