February 2018

Creepy toilet selfie of man who groomed girls for sex on social media

Four young girls suffered “deeply unpleasant” consequences after a man targeted them during obscene and persistent social media contact.

He made “overt sexual comments” to them and was not deterred even after the police became involved, a court heard.

Louis Kirby, 22, of Barrow Road, New Holland, admitted causing or inciting four girls to engage in sexual activity between 2015 and last year.

He also admitted engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

A picture of Kirby has now emerged in which he has taken a selfie – in a toilet with a baby changing table in the background.

Judge Jeremy Richardson QC told Grimsby Crown Court 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 also used images of himself involved in sexual behaviour.

“Your criminality was obscene in the extreme,” said Judge Richardson.

“The police began to investigate.”

That did not deter Kirby and some of the offences were committed while he was on bail.

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

“You were persistent in your conduct,” said Judge Richardson.

Kirby was given a two-year suspended prison sentence and a three-month 7pm to 7am curfew.

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