July 2018

Babysitter jailed after getting ‘vulnerable’ child to send him naked pictures of herself

A MARRIED man who got a vulnerable 11-year-old girl to carry out sex acts on herself has been jailed for five years.

Richard Newton had babysat for the child before contacting her on line and making a series of lewd suggestions to her.

The 29-year-old also got the troubled schoolgirl to send him pictures of herself with nothing on.

Newton, who at the time had links with the Malmesbury area, had met the youngster and her family through a help group for people with learning disabilities, Swindon Crown Court was told.

Newton, now of Cheltenham, pleaded guilty to three counts of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in engage in sexual activity.

Colin Meeke, prosecuting, said indecent images were first found on the child’s phone in October 2015, but she refused to say who she had been contacting.

A year later the police were investigating another matter when she revealed the communication with the defendant.

Mr Meeke said there were huge chat logs from Kik Messaging where he had been asking the girl to do things on-line for him.

And though the images could not be seen by investigators he said there was evidence that they had been sent by her at his request.

At one point he said Newton feared someone was going to examine her tablet and told her ‘just delete everything naughty, ok’.

Jailing him, Judge Jason Taylor QC said “It is clear it has had an affect on her and the family.

“The fact of the matter is this has had massive ramifications for trust and security. It has affected the relationship between mother and daughter.

“The child has been experiencing feelings of guilty she should never have to feel, as she was the child and you the adult.

“You prioritised your own sexual gratification over this girl’s welfare.”

He must also register as a sex offender for life and abide by the conditions of a sexual harm prevention order.

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