February 2018

Sex offender targeted four girls through social media 

A Yorkshire paedophile used different social media accounts to make persistent contact with four young girls and send them obscene content, a judge has said.

Louis Kirby, from Scunthorpe, has been handed a two-year suspended jail term after subjecting the girls, all of whom were under the age of 16, to what the sentencing judge described as a “deeply unpleasant” ordeal.

Kirby began by making innocent conversation within the girls but this soon progressed to overt sexual comments, before he sent sexual images of himself to the girls. He refused to stop even when police became involved.

Some of his offences took place whilst the man was on bail and his attempts to hide what he was doing by using different social media accounts were described as “inept.”

Kirby admitted engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and causing or inciting four girls to engage in sexual activity.

He was handed the suspended sentence after mitigator Katherine Goddard said he had no previous convictions and a supportive family.

He must also stay on the sex offenders’ register for seven years and has been given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order, as well as a 7pm-7am curfew.