March 2019

Judge says the public need to be protected from paedophile, 23, who is messaging young girls on Facebook

A judge has said that the public need to be protected from paedophile Louis Kirby after he admitted to messaging young girls while on the sex offender’s register.

There was evidence that Kirby, 23, a convicted paedophile, had been messaging young girls just two months after he admitted inciting four girls under 16 to engage in sexual activity, as well as engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

Some of the girls he messaged were believed to have been from Louth and other areas in Lincolnshire, according to GrimsbyLive.

Now a special treatment package is being put together by psychiatrists in order to find a long-term solution to change his behaviour.

This is because Kirby has admitted breaching his sexual harm prevention order by engaging in internet chat and making Facebook contact on July 4.

He also admitted owning a mobile phone that day and opening a social media account in breach of the order and breaching his notification requirements as a sex offender.

Judge Jeremy Richardson QC said: “We need a package of preventative care to prevent him doing anything like this again.

“My overarching concern is the protection of the public in the long term. I am looking towards a long-term solution.”

The probation service and two psychiatrists will be asked to suggest a treatment package.

Kirby, formerly of Barrow Road, New Holland, was further remanded in custody until April 5.

The original hearing was told that the four girls were all under 16 at the time that Kirby made contact with them over social media.

The conversations started innocently but Kirby made “overt sexual comments” that were “deeply unpleasant”.

He set up different social media accounts in an “inept” attempt to cover his tracks.

Using the name ‘Joe Tate’, Kirby appeared topless in a profile that had an all-female friends list, including girls as young as 11.

On April 26 last year, Kirby was given a two-year suspended prison sentence at Grimsby Crown Court and a three-month 7pm to 7am curfew.

He was also ordered that he must register as a sex offender for seven years and was given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

The four young girls suffered “deeply unpleasant” consequences after he targeted them during obscene and persistent social media contact.

Judge Richardson told the earlier hearing: “You were persistent in your conduct.

“This is a deeply unpleasant case. The consequences for these girls have been very disagreeable.”

December 2018

Convicted sex offender ‘sets up new Facebook profile’ with scores of girls as friends

A convicted paedophile appears to be using a secret Facebook profile to contact children as young as 11.

We can today expose a profile featuring images of Louis Kirby, a 22-year-old who admitted in February to inciting four girls under 16 to engage in sexual activity.

A Grimsby Live investigation found evidence to suggest Kirby is back on social media using a fake account – just months after he was added to the sex offenders register for seven years.

Kirby, who bombarded girls with obscene images and caused “deeply unpleasant” suffering, appears topless in the profile picture on an account entitled ‘Joe Tate’.

It has amassed an all-female friend list of 129, including at least four underage girls, three young mums with babies and a Grimsby dinner lady.

The youngest on his friend list is just 11 years old, who posts she loves her horse and believes unicorn are real.

Other girls include two 14-year-olds and a 15-year-old who is wearing a school uniform in her profile photo

The evidence linking Kirby to the fake Tate account, launched just two months after his court appearance, is convincing.

Alongside a number of selfies, it also features a sinister post entitled “family pictures”, with four photos of elderly people glued into an exercise book and outlined with red pen.

It also includes an order of service for the funeral of a loved one held in 2015.

A barrage of abusive messages and threats from the public littering the few posts show the public suspect it is Kirby using the profile.

Shockingly, his friend list includes a number of girls who state on their profiles to be currently attending schools in Grimsby, Louth and elsewhere in Lincolnshire.

But the vast majority are away from our area. His friend list touches almost every corner of Britain, including London, Scotland, Wales, Birmingham, Cornwall, Isle of Man and Northumberland.

It even branches internationally, with female friends based in Brazil and Spain.

A significantly high proportion of the girls openly state their bisexuality in their profile. Many are also new mums who have posted galleries of their babies.

Photos available to him through the profile include a woman sunbathing on the beach and a 15-year-old in school uniform.

It would also allow him to directly contact the women through Facebook. Many of the women, including some under the age of consent, also openly post their Snapchat usernames.

The shocking findings raise grave questions about the convicted child groomer’s access to social media just months after appearing in the dock at Grimsby Crown Court.

In court, the prosecution revealed that he had used multiple social media accounts to contact young girls.

Kirby admitted targeting four underage girls with obscene and persistent social media contact on February 8.

The 22-year-old, of Barrow Road, New Holland, made “overt sexual comments” to the girls and sent images of himself engaged in sexual behaviour.

He admitted inciting four girls to engage in sexual activity between 2015 and 2017, as well as engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

He set up different social media accounts in an “inept” attempt to cover his tracks and continued offending while on bail.

Judge Jeremy Richardson QC described his criminality as “obscene in the extreme” as he handed Kirby a two-year suspended prison sentence and a three-month 7pm to 7am curfew.

He was also given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order and ordered to register as a sex offender for seven years.

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.