Update: Sentenced to three years which was reduced to 12 months custodial. Now released

June 2014

Slaithwaite teenager forced 11-year-old girl to send him naked pictures

A teenager forced an 11-year-old girl to send him naked pictures of herself after threatening to expose her belief that she was gay, a court heard.

The schoolgirl sent Thomas Oldham dozens of pictures over three years after he befriended her online.

She only reported the matter to police after attending a school assembly about sexual exploitation on the Internet.

Oldham, now 19, pleaded guilty at Kirklees Magistrates Court to two charges of inciting a girl aged under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

The Slaithwaite teenager also admitted to 13 allegations of possessing an indecent photograph of a child.

The offences spanned between September 2010 and September last year.

Thomas started talking to the girl, then aged 11, via an online chat service used by Xbox gamers.

Andy Wills, prosecuting, said: “They initially talked, however the complainant believed that her sexual tendency was veering towards being gay.

“She then backtracked saying she liked a particular boy in school.

“But the defendant knew that information and as a result of that was able to coerce the complainant to sending a naked picture of herself.

“Due to the fear of this information being spread, she did.”

Magistrates heard that the online relationship between the pair continued, with Oldham also contacting the girl via mobile messaging service WhatsApp.

Oldham requested further pictures from her and these became increasingly graphic, from the girl showing her bra to photos of her naked.

Eventually, the defendant became more forceful in his demands and demanded pictures of her naked below the waist.

The youngster sent Oldham 30 images but these were blurred.

Thomas demanded to see better images and she sent him a further 13.

Mr Wills said that the girl only realised that what Oldham was asking her to do was wrong when she attended a school assembly.

Mr Wills said: “The complainant while at school had an assembly lesson about sexual exploitation online. She realised she’d been a victim of this and told her parents.”

Oldham, of Wood Street, was arrested and police seized all of the images from his phone and laptop.

He admitted that he knew the child’s age and that he had asked for the pictures.

He said that he had asked to meet her but only when she turned 16.

Magistrates told Oldham that the case was too serious for them to deal with and sent him to Leeds Crown Court for sentencing.

This will take place on July 15.

Oldham was made subject to the notification requirements of the sex offenders’ register.