February 2018: Claxton, of Balmoral Avenue, Thornaby, was given a 10 month prison sentence, suspended for two years by Judge Sean Morris.

Claxton was also given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) for five years and must also sign the sex offenders list for 10 years

December 2017

Snapchat pervert offered to pay schoolgirl £10 for explicit photos and £20 for video clips

A man groomed a girl via social media apps and offered her cash in exchange for naked images.

Elliot Claxton, 22, sexually exploited the underage schoolgirl on Snapchat and Kik messenger, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Then 19, he asked the youngster to send him explicit photos and in return offered her cash.

Prosecutor, Harry Hadfield, said: “From June 2015 until November 2015 he asked her for topless pictures and after that he would not stop asking for them.

“He said if she didn’t send pictures, he knew where she lived.

“He said if she sent pictures he would pay her £10 for every good quality picture she sent.

“He offered £15, increasing that to £20 if the picture was a video.”

Claxton then sent the victim explicit pictures of himself, and offered to buy her gifts and shoes.

He also claimed to have a six-year-old daughter and said he wanted to meet the victim at the Metro Centre, in Gateshead.

He said he would give her £100 if she had sex with him.

In a statement read to the court, the victim’s mother said her daughter “crumbled before her eyes”

Her education suffered and she even threatened to take her own life.

Claxton, of Balmoral Avenue, Thornaby, pleaded guilty to two counts of inciting a girl to engage in sexual activity.

He will next appear at Teesside Crown Court on February 23.